Maintenance for Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project

by Art Forces and Rachel Corrie Foundation


A Tale of Two Cities–The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural needs your support for repairs and maintenance. We seek $6,000 to complete this work before it starts raining!

 A Tale of Two Cities~Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project (ORSMP) is a four thousand square foot interdisciplinary art project located in downtown Olympia WA that began in 2007.  ORSMP was produced by Art Forces and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. The project is directed by Susan Greene and was made possible by the collective effort of more than 200 groups and individuals worldwide. Each participant contributed an image which was attached to 4 x 7-foot leaf-shaped plywood cut-out and attached to the image of an immense tree. Participants include organizations representing anti-war veterans, environmental justice, anti-racism, an end to incarceration, freedom for political prisoners, free radio and media, solidarity, LGBTQ rights, and more.

The mural was inspired by the life of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old college student from Olympia who was killed in Gaza in 2003 by Israeli forces as she stood in the path of a DC 9 bulldozer attempting to demolish the home of a Palestinian doctor.  The mural honors all those who struggle for justice and strives to make connections across movements and distances and Rachel's dream of making Olympia into a sister city with Rafa, Gaza Strip.

The mural space continues to develop – with several large-scale community events each year– including Arts Walk and annual Social Justice Bloc Party.

After 10 years of Olympia winters, the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project needs repairs. We are seeking $6,000 to inspect wall, reinforce the leaves and seal the wall. We have put together a great team to complete the work in September 2017.

*Budget - including Stretch Goal*

Materials/Supplies $1000.00

Artist Honorarium(s) $3000.00

Rental Fees $1500.00

Perk Costs $300.00

Administrative Fee $500.00

Meals $200.00

Shipping $150.00

Solar Lighting For Mural and Parking Lot $3000.00

Social Justice Bloc Party $3000.00

Increased Electricity for events at the Mural $500.00

Our stretch goal is to fund solar lights for the mural and adjacent parking lot, increased electricity for events, and hosting the Third Annual Social Justice bloc part in spring 2018.