Tukwila Parks & Recreation
12424 42nd Avenue South
Tukwila, WA 98168
Phone: 206 768-2822
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Tukwila Arts Commission
The Tukwila Arts Commission is made up of seven resident representatives and one student representative. The commissioners are artists and advocates for art!
Meet The Art Commissioners:
Beginning in 1982, after graduating with a BFA in painting, Sheila Coppola’s been printing for many different artists. She’s founded 2 print shops for artists and currently operates out of Sidereal Fine Art Press in Tukwila. She’s also pursued her own art practice using a combination of materials and processes; collage, printmaking, stitching, and painting. She’s passionate about the arts and hopes to share that passion with all the people she meets!
Kai Curry is an art history instructor (specializing in French and Asian art history) as well as an arts writer for a local newspaper who’s looking to increase community involvement and assist with diverse, equal access to the arts.
Cynthia Chesak has been a long time resident of Tukwila for past 44 years. She taught theatre and English at Foster High School for 34 years before retiring. She has a B.A. from La Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City with a double major in English and drama. After relocating to El Paso, Texas, she earned her Masters in theatre with an emphasis on children’s theatre from the University of Texas at El Paso. After coming to Tukwila she attended the University of Washington to earn her teaching certificate in English and theatre. As a community activist and arts advocate, Cynthia has work on several State arts education committees and has been a Tukwila Arts Commissioner since 1992.
Pinky Estell moved to Tukwila in October of 2017. He graduated from Cornish College of the Arts (BFA) and from UNCSA (MFA) in Technical Direction (TD). He has worked as TD for ACT San Francisco, Merola Opera, National Black Theater Festival, and the Cornish Playhouse to list a few. Currently he is the Director of the Cultural Facilities and Events at Cornish College of the Arts. Pinky serves as the President on the UpTown Arts & Culture Coalition District Board in Seattle Washington and Tukwila Arts Commission. Pinky is also the Co-Founder and current Managing Director of Otter & Penguin Makerspaces. In addition to his work in the performing arts, he has remained active as an installation artist with his work focused on community engagement.
Thanipa (Honey) Suwanchote
Art has always been a form of enjoyment and a peak of curiosity for Honey – from drawing, to sculpting, dancing, and traditional music. Right now, her interests currently lie on graphic design. Throughout her high school career, she’s always incorporated this element into her assignments or projects. After shadowing her predecessor for roughly a year, she came to realize that she really enjoys introducing and engaging youth in the community with the arts.
Shawn is a theater artist, actor, director, and producer! His goal is to find and support more interesting and exciting ways for the community to express itself through all forms of art.
Verna is an art advocate who hopes to work with others to ensure that the City of Tukwila continues to encourage participation in the arts, promote art projects, and have a voice in art-related expenditures.
Pat is the Executive Director of Pacific Bonsai Museum, which focuses on the living art of bonsai. She has served the local arts community for the past 15 years through work as a leader at organizations such as Pilchuck Glass School, Cornish College of the Arts, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and more. She moved to the Pacific Northwest after receiving a BFA in glass sculpture at the Rochester Institute of Technology and worked as a visual and teaching artist before shifting to arts leadership.