#WILBURPIAZZA | Our intersection painting project grew out of a renewed sense of connection and community building in our neighborhood. After a hiatus of over 10 years, we decided to revive our block party so we could all get reacquainted. We had wonderful food, good music and conversations lasting into the evening.
Our design incorporates the theme of connection to each other, to our community and to the natural world, reflecting the activity of individuals and growing families in the life of the neighborhood. Located in Arbor Lodge, our design depicts four trees, one extending into each of the four streets, marking the compass directions and seasons of the year. The roots of the trees converge, and form a circular labyrinth at the intersection itself. Our vision is to create a bright colorful community space to support meeting, talking, walking and engaging with one another in our vibrant and changing neighborhood. Street painting creates a work of art, but it’s really about building community, and spending a fun day with friends and neighbors. This year we’ll be giving our intersection a good cleaning and another coat of paint. We’ll have tasty food and drinks for all our painters, music and a great times celebrating “Piazza di Wilbur!” Come join us!
Sat, June 4, 9am-evening: Repainting the intersection
Kerns Neighborhood Intersection Repair
Intersection of NE 24th Avenue and Everett Street
Larry Conrad | firstname.lastname@example.org | 503.621.8787
#KERNSUNITED This is a neighborhood project intended to improve neighborhood connectivity and support our sense of place
#ELIOTCOMMUNITYCROSSING | The Eliot Community Crossing is the recognizable painted intersection spanning two major bike routes at the corner of NE Tillamook and Rodney. The annual repainting block party tradition keeps our neighborhood looking bright and brings neighbors together to celebrate our unique and diverse COMMUNITY.
The floral center design represents the growth, friendship and beauty in our community. In the southern quadrant of the painting, musical notes remind us of our neighborhood’s vibrant jazz culture. The western and eastern quadrant depicts the gears of the bicycles that flow through this intersection. Finally, the northern quadrant represents the community gardens that have sprung up along our streets, as well as those we cultivate in our own yards.
Join us Eliot neighbors, as we potluck and paint, block party style. This is a family friendly event with live music, free food and drink from local businesses, kid activities and more!
Sat, July 9, 9am-10:00pm
Crafts and Drafts
SE 9 Ave and Yamhill St
David Talbot | email@example.com | 503-545-8451
#CRAFTSANDDRAFTS | A repainting of the intersection at SE 9th and Yamhill of last year's Crafts and Drafts project with Rogue, intended to provide a sense of expression and identity to an otherwise sterile intersection, and to help Rogue integrate with its local community and the Buckman neighborhood. The painting depicts a view of the Portland skyline facing west across the river from the east side, encircled by straws of rye and barley, two of the primary ingredients included in the brewing process. We hope that this event will be a creative and fun opportunity for local community members to come by. Bring your family and friends and have fun with us painting, playing games and engaging in activities for all ages.
Sat, June 11, 11am-6pm: The event will have food from the Green Dragon. The venue will feature a variety of artists, and performers from the Buckman neighborhood. Activities will include face painting, cornhole, and of course, painting!
#COMMUNITYBLOOMING | We are excited for our third year as place makers with City Repair and as a community, we are reaping the rewards of being a community that is blooming! Over the last few years our community has transitioned from a place of fear and disconnectedness, to knowing each other and expressing ourselves as a community through long term and multi-site projects. This year we are repainting our two intersections, working with local nurseries to install a pollinator strip, and collaborating with a permaculture program to develop a long-term design to the community garden site. The intersections and community garden continue to unite us physically and metaphorically as we lay roots to reap a harvest of food and relationships in the years to come.
Sat, June 4, 1pm-4pm: Community garden work party
Sat, June 11 *, 9am-4pm: Intersection painting; 10am-12pm: Kids activities TBD | 2pm-2:30pm: Scavenger hunt for kids | 2:30pm-3pm: Yoga for kids | 3pm-3:30pm: Snacks and story-time for kids | 3:30pm-4pm: Mat tag + yoga and story-time for kids
Sun, June 12*, 9am-4pm: Intersection painting; 2pm-4pm: Kids activities TBD
*Note: These dates and times are tentative. If we get rained out, we will move the event to June 18th and June 19th. Please visit our event page as the date approaches for the most up-to-date schedule.
SE 42 Ave and SE Morrison St
Marti Frank | firstname.lastname@example.org | 503.819.4789
#SUNNYSIDECOMPASS | The Sunnyside Compass was inaugurated at VBC 2014. Our design evokes the sun (a reference to our neighborhood name) and a bike wheel (it lies on the bike route). Neighbors and passersby began referring to it as a “compass” and the name stuck. We will be hosting a re-painting and block party with live music, carnival games, face painting, juggling, and hula hoop lessons for all ages!
Sat, June 4:
8am: Painting prep
10am: Painting begins
Noon: Kids' activities begin, hula hoops, juggling, face painting
#SUNNYSIDEPIAZZA | Sunnyside Piazza was created in 2000 and is one of City Repair's first intersection repair projects aimed at reclaiming underutilized space and invigorating neighborhood stewardship. Every year, the community comes together to reinvigorate this public gathering place by repainting a gigantic sunflower in the middle of the intersection. The Piazza has become a wonderful and well-loved part of the Sunnyside Neighborhood in SE Portland, and has blossomed into a community cooperative movement that has cultivated social connectedness and a sense of community that gains momentum every year.
This annual painting is a neighborhood and city wide effort, where community volunteers help with all aspects of the project! If you can volunteer your time beforehand, or during the event, please email us. Be sure to come out painting day and help sow the new seeds of this iconic sunflower! And always remember... Keep on the Sunnyside of Life!
Sat, June 4, 10am-6pm: Intersection repainting.
The public is welcome to help paint and enjoy live local music and yummy snacks and refreshments donated by from area-businesses including Straight from New York Pizza, Saint Cupcake, Zupan's, Stumptown, and Laughing Planet Cafe.
#JADESJEWEL | We have a fabulous neighborhood that we are really blessed to live in. While our community has dwindled in the past year, we used to have block parties, Christmas parties, Easter egg hunts, and a plethora of gatherings annually. Unfortunately, over the years there have been some illnesses and deaths in our neighborhood impeding upon our community building. So, we are bringing the community back together by painting the streets rockin' colors! The drawing is Sponge Bob Squarepants inspired and to learn the whole story, come to our painting!
Sun, June 5, 8am-10am: Pressure washing, 10am-5pm: Painting
The streets will be closed so kids can play or ride bikes. We'll have music and enjoy a potluck afterward. Join us!
Wygant Street came together in 2015 to design and paint the first permitted mid-street painting in Portland. A hot day led to an amazing painting party, gifting to our street five long-lasting, colorful flags. This VBC, Width of a Circle has rallied around the cause of insects and pollinators. We are creating a swath of land that will be imbued with predominantly native vegetation, to entice pollinators to enjoy organic drinks of nectar while they collect pollen to spread to other locations. To help these insects, we will be constructing four insect hotels of various form and function. These will be made from vastly different, mostly reused and natural materials including: a 4-foot cob figure with a green-roof, a wildlife stack with gaps and crevasses, a vertical hut with shelves holding fascinating forms and hideaways. These structures will simultaneously provide unique artwork as well as habitat for the creatures that are in great decline in our world! And...we will also repaint our street!
Sat, June 11,8am: Meet on the street for coffee and pastries before we get into building!; 9am: Start to build! We will be separating to work on several insect hotel projects
Sun, June 12, 8am: Meet on the street for coffee and pastries before we get into painting!; 9am: Grab a brush and paint and help to repaint the lovely images that were designed and painted last summer!