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PHOTOS: Seattle arts community marches in solidarity with George Floyd protesters

The Seattle arts community gathered Tuesday for a peaceful march protesting police brutality and systemic racism, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Parker Miles Blohm
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KNKX
The Seattle arts community gathered Tuesday for a peaceful march protesting police brutality and systemic racism, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Members of the arts community in Seattle are joining in the protests against the killing of George Floyd. Hundreds gathered Tuesday near the Seattle Opera House.

As musicians, painters, actors and others chanted “Black Lives Matter,” cars and trucks drove by honking their support.

Emily McVicker stood in the crowd holding up an oil painting.

The striking painting, on a framed canvas lifted over her head, was of George Floyd.

“I wanted George Floyd’s face to be remembered and his story to be known because it represents so many stories of black people in this country who are stigmatized and treated violently not only by police but by American culture,” said McVicker, who is a musician and an artist. “But we’re here to shed light on his story because he was murdered by police and it’s not OK.”

McVicker says this was a way for her to use her artistry to make her point.

“I specialize in faces and I want people to remember his face,” McVicker said.

On the portrait, surrounding his face, McVicker has painted the words “George Floyd Shouldn’t Have Died.”

The rally was organized by the Seattle Symphony musicians union and the Opera Players Organization.

Below are images from today's march

The Seattle arts community gathered Tuesday for a peaceful march protesting police brutality and systemic racism, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Credit Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX
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KNKX
The Seattle arts community gathered Tuesday for a peaceful march protesting police brutality and systemic racism, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Seattle arts community gathered Tuesday for a peaceful march protesting police brutality and systemic racism, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Credit Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX
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KNKX
The Seattle arts community gathered Tuesday for a peaceful march protesting police brutality and systemic racism, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Seattle arts community gathered Tuesday for a peaceful march protesting police brutality and systemic racism, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Credit Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX
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KNKX
The Seattle arts community gathered Tuesday for a peaceful march protesting police brutality and systemic racism, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Seattle arts community gathered Tuesday for a peaceful march protesting police brutality and systemic racism, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Credit Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX
/
KNKX
The Seattle arts community gathered Tuesday for a peaceful march protesting police brutality and systemic racism, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Paula reports on groundbreaking legal decisions in Washington State and on trends in crime and law enforcement. She’s been at KNKX since 1989 and has covered the Law and Justice beat for the past 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.