In September we welcomed Laura Elizabeth Becker as Senior Project Manager in our Public Art Department. Laura has been a champion for arts and culture for nearly 20 years, producing public art projects in Seattle, Spokane, Santa Monica, Beaverton, and more—so we weren’t surprised when she opted to introduce herself via some of the artists she’s partnered with.
We asked Deborah Ascheim, Ellen Picken, and Juan Alonso-Rodriguez—all artists who have created work for a project managed by Laura—to share something about our new colleague. Advising that, “the artists that get to work with her will understand what I mean,” Juan says, “…she helped me navigate through a project that at times I felt I wanted to give up on, but with her assistance and ability to push forward, I was able to visualize and see the project through to a glorious end result.” Ellen echoed this sentiment, saying, “…she inspires the introvert to be bold, ignites enthusiasm and participation among the community, and will even get messy installing the artwork with the artist. She’s got your back.” According to Deborah, she brings a “forward-looking and inclusive approach” to her projects: “Laura is incredibly thoughtful about public art, what it is, what it could be, and who it is for.”
Laura even drew on an artist partnership when it came time to select an image for this post—see her portrait by Kelly Bjork! It’s clear that Laura has an impact on the arts wherever she goes, and we’re so excited about what’s to come here at 4Culture. Say hello next time you’re at our Pioneer Square offices, and watch for Laura doing work all over King County.