Paint the Street was a participatory public art project – community members were invited to help paint an intersection during this fun community event. The mural was painted on a Tacoma street – literally. The chosen site was the intersection of South 39th and J Street in the Lincoln District. It was part of a community-inspired mural project called Paint the Street, and is one of the 11 creative temporary projects funded by the City of Tacoma’s Lincoln District Revitalization Project.
What: Paint the Street Community Mural Painting Day
When: Sunday, August 20th, 2017, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: 39th and J Street, Lincoln District
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.
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 was encouraged to join this free and fun community event. All ages and skill levels were welcome and no prior
experience was necessary. Volunteers helped 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
Special Thanks to all Volunteers
To learn more or to get involved:
- Visit www.facebook.com/letspaintthestreet
- Show up on August 19 and 20, 2017 to volunteer, participate, or simply visit with friends and neighbors as an original piece of art is created before your eyes.
City of Tacoma Contact: Rebecca Solverson, Public Art Specialist, email@example.com, 253-591-5564