The Trillium Schoolyard Project is an ongoing effort to create a built environment that is safe, inviting and "resilient by design," that is best suited to the flourishing of human community and ecological systems. To build community power around this cause, we want to make a big splash, with a small splash of color. So, we asked art students to create colorful designs that can be painted on the blacktop. One of three blacktop mural design finalists will be installed. Students at every K-12 level will have the opportunity to paint or participate in less-intensive projects, like planting or sign-making. The next day, we will open our schoolyard to the community at-large, in celebration of our block. Our adjacent neighbors will be invited to showcase their goods, services and community projects, and we will have maps available for a self-guided public art tour of the neighborhood.
We will hold two cleanup and groundskeeping events on May 12th and May 26th, from 12-2pm, to prep our site for painting and students for participating in a community build. Interested in a site tour and information about how to get involved during the VBC? Drop in! The installation and celebration are scheduled for June 1-2; all day on June 1st, and from 12-5pm on June 2nd. Community members at-large are welcome to our celebration, which falls on opening day of the VBC. Make us your first stop on your tour of North Portland VBC projects, because we will be handing out maps marked with all the rest. Our staff includes several local musicians, who will play a combined set, and we have invited the makers in our parent community to showcase their works, too; please stay tuned for the final schedule of arts & cultural programming as the date approaches.