Coming soon to Tacoma!

We are thrilled to highlight Carmen Mueses, a Fairtrade cocoa farmer from the Dominican Republic, through public art in collaboration with acclaimed local artist Mari Shibuya and the Central Co-op at Tacoma, Washington.

The Artist

Meet Mari Shibuya

Muralist, Mari Shibuya, painting a mural on a ladderMari Shibuya specializes in murals and artwork focused on equity and collaboration. It is her mission to ignite optimism for the wellbeing of the planet and for the most marginalized communities. Mari believes that only through valuing and empathizing with one another that we can truly move towards a liberated world.

Mari is thrilled to partner with Fairtrade to help uplift farmers for the future of our planet. She believes that fostering leadership roles and representation for women cultivates a more empathetic, cooperative and compassionate world. Mari is inspired by the strength and determination of the female leaders in farming communities, like Carmen.

“To have the opportunity to depict the face of the woman harvesting the cocoa that goes into the chocolate bar we grab from the grocery aisle is a step in re-imagining the village of humanity we truly are. We need one another, now more than ever,” said Mari.

The location

Central Co-op

Central Co-op logo

Established in 1978, Central Co-op is a community-owned natural foods cooperative with locations on Seattle’s Capitol Hill and in Tacoma’s North End. Owned by its shoppers and workers, Central Co-op is a complete grocery store dedicated to high-quality products, sustainable practices and strong relationships with Washington farmers and artisans. The Co-op specializes in fresh, organic, bulk, and local foods and supplements.