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Art projects to light up Tacoma’s Lincoln District

An aerial shot of a mural created by artist Dionne Bonner on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma. Bonner is proposing similar murals for the Lincoln District.
An aerial shot of a mural created by artist Dionne Bonner on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma. Bonner is proposing similar murals for the Lincoln District. Courtesy

Tacoma’s Lincoln District is about to get a lot brighter.

As part of the overall area revitalization project, the city of Tacoma has just awarded 11 Creative Community Engagement grants to artists for sculpture, video, photography, murals and more that will spark up the neighborhood in 2017, especially during streetscape construction.

“This unique granting program is one of the ways we’re using the arts to support the Lincoln District’s revitalization,” said City Council member Marty Campbell.

Ranging from $1,000-$5,000, the grants will fund art projects that brighten the physical location and engage the community. They began last week with a film festival in partnership with The Grand Cinema, featuring short films created by students at Lincoln High School and First Creek Middle School.

The projects will continue in 2017. They include:

▪ Intersection murals painted by residents and led by artist Dionne Bonner.

▪ Short films by Silong Chhun about local business owners.

▪ A video installation by Terese Cuff projected in a window of a vacant building.

▪ A temporary vertical garden made from upcycled bed frames by Brittani Flowers and tended by senior citizens.

▪ A free celebrity sing-along organized by Erin Guinup.

▪ Bus shelter poetry in various languages written by local youth under poet Michael Haeflinger.

▪ Giant lotuses made of corrugated plastic sheeting installed on chain link fences and embellished by residents (led by Lance Kagey and Brian Hutcheson).

▪ A Polaroid-interview project by Lisa Kinoshita and Kenji Stoll, capturing the diverse neighborhood.

▪ A music and dance event at Lincoln High School organized by Latinos Unidos.

▪ Kimberly and Terry Sparks-Wilmer, responding to the city’s upcoming ban on plastic shopping bags, will hand out free cloth bags screen printed with images of the district’s iconic red lantern street lights.

More information about the project can be found at tinyurl.com/h32s4s9.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti

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