Street Painting Project
Important dates for your calendar:
April 30: The Safety and Livability Committee will be discussing the Street Painting project at its meeting on Monday, April 30 at 6:30pm at Anya Drapkin's house. Please bring a dish to share! We'll chat and eat from 6:30-7pm and then discuss our agenda from 7-8pm.
August 3–5: The SGNA Block Party on August 3 will coincide with the installation of the Street Painting Project on NE Clackamas between 17th and 19th.
Project update, April 2018:
We‘ve been polishing up the street painting design and finding a home for this wonderful piece of community art. We settled on a charming spot mid-block on NE Clackamas between 17th and 19th. It's nestled right along our future neighborhood pedestrian corridor, in a part of our unique neighborhood that is a great example of a mix of older homes and multi-family buildings.
In the words of some of the many hands that have been involved in this project:
Deanna Hunt: ”One pleasant surprise from moving to Portland from NYC was coming across our first street painting. Our realtor clued us into the fact that this was a “thing” in Portland and this confirmed to us that we picked the right city! This art gave a fixed reference point about the area around it and helped focus the “look and feel” of the location. It also symbolizes that art is embedded in the fabric of the city.”
Anya Drapkin: ”This project is so much more than putting colorful images on the pavement. It encourages dialogue between neighbors about what makes a neighborhood feel like home. It fosters connection and getting to know who lives around you and who you can rely on if things go sideways. It's important as an equalizer between home-owners and renters, by making those designations irrelevant and giving people a chance to come together in the joyful spirit of co-creation. That’s truly empowering!“
Eugenia Pardue: ”I love having a part in bringing a collaborative painting design to my neighborhood. Art feeds my soul and inspires me, adding richness to my life. Creating is an absolute labor of love, the more art the better!!“
The painting installation will happen during National Night Out weekend, August 3-5, on NE Clackamas between 17th and 19th, with a block party and pot luck. Be on the lookout for volunteer opportunities!!