Chloe Pargmann-Hayes ’24 was an intern for Tacoma’s Black Lives Matter mural project

In early August, with the summer sun high overhead downtown Tacoma, Chloe Pargmann-Hayes ’24 climbed the steps of Tollefson Plaza with a paint roller in hand to help put the finishing touches on a massive mural. This was the culmination of months of work to create the city’s first piece of public art honoring the Black Lives Matter movement. Pargmann-Hayes helped make the project a reality through her role as the project’s communications intern. Now, she was assisting the artists with the final touches.

The mural project is a collaboration between several local artists led by Dionne Bonner and Breyahna Monet, the Tacoma Art Museum, and Tacoma’s Human Rights Commission. As a project intern, Pargmann-Hayes was able to combine her passion for social justice with her coursework at University of Puget Sound.