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Celebration of new 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass mural is Friday

August 13th, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that the neighborhood is invited to a celebration of the new North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass mural from 6-7:30 p.m. this Friday, in the grassy area next to the mural, across from Green Lake. Food and beverages will be provided.


Dozens of volunteers helped paint the mural in July. Photo by Pamela Jaynes.

Volunteers raised $5,000 from neighbors and local businesses to pay for paint, anti-graffiti coating and a maintenance contract.

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Vote on design for the new 63rd Street mural

May 21st, 2014 by Doree

A group of dedicated neighbors has been working hard to bring back a mural to the North 63rd Street underpass. The old mural was painted over by the city two years ago after problems with graffiti.

Gray wall-resized

The volunteer group put out a call to artists in March and received about 10 submissions. They’ve narrowed it down to the top three, and now they’re letting the community decide. See the designs in person at several community events over the next couple of weeks and vote on your favorite.

Stop by Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (May 22-23) and again on May 29-30 to view and vote. You can also vote at Bingo Karaoke at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, May 30; or at the Phinney Neighborhood Association Garden Party, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. See the project website for a full list of voting opportunities (more will be added).

Here are the three finalists:

63rd Street underpass #2-resized


63rd street underpass #4-resized


63rd underpass #1-resized

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Reminder: 63rd Street Mural Project meeting is tonight

April 22nd, 2013 by Doree

Don’t forget that tonight is the first meeting of the 63rd Street Mural Project group. They’re working on a replacement mural for the underpass below Aurora Avenue at North 63rd Street. A previous mural there was repeatedly tagged with graffiti, then painted over by the city. The group wants to reclaim that now grey wall.

Tonight’s meeting is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 3 of the Blue Building. Everyone is welcome to bring their ideas and enthusiasm to the project.

Here’s the project timelines:

  • Tuesday, April 30 – Steering Committee (SC) issues Request for Qualification (RFQ) to solicit artist applications.
  • Tuesday, May 14 – Artist applications due.
  • Sunday, May 19 – SC selects three artists based on the RFQ.
  • Monday, May 20 – SC subcommittee meets with three artists to review the project parameters.
  • Monday, June 17 – Mural designs due.
  • Monday, June 24 – Artists present designs at community meeting at the Phinney Neighborhood Center (PNC) and month-long voting begins. Community members will have the following opportunities to vote for their favorite designs:
  1. June 24 meeting at the PNC
  2. June 24-July 20 in the PNC lobby
  3. June 21 and 28 and July 5, 12 and 19 at the Phinney Farmer’s Market at the PNC
  4. July 12 Art Up & Chow Down Art Walk along Phinney and Greenwood
  5. July 20 Summer Beer Taste at the PNC.
  6. Saturday, July 20, Voting ends.
  7. Sunday, July 21, SC tallies the votes, announces the winning design and the fundraising begins to raise $5,500 for materials and four years of follow-up maintenance.
  8. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22 – Painting the mural.

To volunteer or donate, email N63rdStreetMural@gmail.com.

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