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Brighten your neighborhood with the Tacoma Murals Project

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on May 8, 2013 at 5:17 am with No Comments »
May 7, 2013 12:18 pm
Hope Heights mural at 6323 McKinley Ave., by Joni Joachims with Kate Cendejas, Brian Hutcheson, Yvette Simone, Chelsea O'Sullivan, Janice Lee Warren. Courtesy photo.
Hope Heights mural at 6323 McKinley Ave., by Joni Joachims with Kate Cendejas, Brian Hutcheson, Yvette Simone, Chelsea O’Sullivan, Janice Lee Warren. Courtesy photo.

If your neighborhood could use some inspiration or TLC, now’s the time to apply for a mural from the City of Tacoma’s Murals Project. Offered by the city to combat blight and vandalism, the project sends teams of professional and student artists into neighborhoods to talk with local groups, come up with a mural that represents the area, and paint it this summer onto a wall.

“These community-based murals have proven to be positive community catalysts, bringing neighbors together, helping them find common voices, and enlivening areas that were previously neglected,” said Tacoma arts administrator Amy McBride in a press release. “It is inspiring to see how artists have been able to work within each community to develop murals that are unique and responsive to the characteristics, stories, history and future of each neighborhood.”

The project has been going for four years now, and great examples include the Portland Avenue community building, the man-in-the-moon playground at Bergerson Terrace (5301 S. Orchard St.), the giant Fern Hill postcard at South 84th Street and Park Avenue, and the flying balloons at 220 Puyallup Avenue.

To qualify, you must propose a specific wall on commercial or public property, located within Tacoma city limits. Priority is given to sites within Communtiy Based Services areas or those without much public art. The community in return contributes in-kind services and materials for the project, and is responsible for maintenance afterwards.

Application deadline May 28. Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or 253-591-5191. Information: tacomaculture.org/arts/murals.asp

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