Public Mural coming to Lincoln District

Paint the Street is a participatory public art project – community members are invited to help paint an intersection during this fun community event

A new mural will soon grace Tacoma’s streets – literally. The chosen site is the intersection of South 39th and J Street in the Lincoln District. It’s 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. The design was created by Bonner, based on considerable input from people living in the neighborhood.

The winning design was created by local visual artist Dionne Bonner.  Photo courtesy  City of Tacoma

The winning design was created by local visual artist Dionne Bonner.
Photo courtesy City of Tacoma

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.

All ages and skill levels are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. Volunteers will help guide participants in painting the mural. Volunteer or get updates by signing up on the website at: http://paintthestreet.weebly.com/

Prep Day, August 19th, will consist of Chalking in the grid and design prep for Painting Day, August 20th. Volunteers will help with set up, grid, taking pictures, video, information booth, clean up, runners and more.

How to Get Involved

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.

When: Prep day is Saturday, August 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is when the design will be drawn on the street. Painting day is Sunday, August 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 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.

“Using creativity to bring people together, and make a positive impact is one of the most fulfilling things I can do as an artist.” ~ Dionne Bonner

To learn more or to get involved:

* Visit www.facebook.com/letspaintthestreet

* Join the mailing list at www.paintthestreet.weebly.com

* Show up on August 19 and 20 to volunteer, participate, or simply visit with friends and neighbors as an original piece of art is created before your eyes.

Lincoln District Paint the Street Contact: Dionne Bonner, Visual Artist, letspaintthestreet@gmail.com, 253-219-1162

City of Tacoma Contact: Rebecca Solverson, Public Art Specialist, rebecca.solverson@cityoftacoma.org, 253-591-5564.

                                        - City of Tacoma