Seattle's small businesses & artists team up to transform homeless shelter

The Navigation Center is a new 75-bed homeless shelter here in Seattle. When Louie walked inside for the first time, he saw 20,000 square feet of bare, white, institutional walls... something he recognized as a problem for hopeful residents starting the journey out of homelessness. Fortunately, it was a problem that the arts-based Eighth Generation was well suited to help out with.
Over several months, Eighth Generation set out to recruit local organizations, small businesses and local artists to work with us to transform the Center into a place more conducive to physical and spiritual renewal. With the help of our friends and colleagues, we were able to fill the walls of the Navigation Center with dozens of beautiful, professionally framed art prints and a vibrant 25 X 15 foot wall covering to greet residents as they walk in the front door.
The total project cost exceeded $8,000, but Eighth Generation's network pitched in to help. Our friends at The Color Group donated $2,000 in fine art printing, and Pro Art Framing donated museum quality custom frames. Local nonprofits Chief Seattle Club and the Wing Luke Museum made monetary contributions. And, of course, these incredible local artists from a broad range of Seattle's communities donated the use of their work:


At Eighth Generation, we know that we have a responsibility to give back to the communities that support us - whether that be Native communities or the community of the city in which we are based. And while we know this project will not solve homelessness, we are happy to be able to bring together ordinary people to make a positive difference in the communities that have supported us.