A new mural will soon grace Tacoma’s streets. The chosen site is the intersection of South 39th and J street in the Lincoln District. It is part of a community-inspired mural project called Paint the Street, and is one of 11 creative temporary projects funded by the City of Tacoma’s Lincoln District Revitalization Project.
The colorful artwork will be created by local visual artist Dionne Bonner. This original work will be painted directly on the pavement using non-toxic traffic marking paint. It will cover the entire intersection with a vibrant mural reflecting the character of the Lincoln District neighborhood. Bonner’s design was based on considerable input from people living in the neighborhood.
“Using creativity to bring people together, and make a positive impact is one of the most fulfilling things I can do as an artist,” said Bonner.
This public art piece is the result of a months-long collaborative process between neighbors, the City of Tacoma Arts Commission, the Lincoln District Revitalization Project and the artist.
The public is encouraged to join this free and fun community event. All ages and skill levels are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. Volunteers will help guide participants in painting the mural. Prep day is Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is when the design will be drawn on the street. Painting day is Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Intersection of South 39th and J Street in the Lincoln District.
Social and Economic Benefits of the Community Street Mural
This street art project serves many valuable purposes. First, it creates a safer intersection for pedestrians and cyclists by encouraging drivers to slow down to admire and acknowledge the work. Second, it enhances community identity, pride, and solidarity. Third, it helps revitalize the intersection through bright colors and images that reflect the neighborhood’s unique history and character.
How to get involved
- The next volunteer meeting is Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln District Project Office, 750 S. 38th St., Suite C, Tacoma.
- Show up on Aug. 19 and 20 to volunteer, participate or simply visit with friends and neighbors as an original piece of art is created before your eyes.
- Currently needed are volunteers to fill morning and evening shifts for painting leads on Aug. 20 and helpers for other art activities on Saturday. A painting lead helps guide community members to paint certain sections of the mural.
- There are also some volunteer openings for set up, grid, draw design, information table, photos, videos, runner/helper, cleanup and mix/pour.
- Visit www.facebook.com/letspaintthestreet
- Join the mailing list at www.paintthestreet.weebly.com