Saturday, April 12, 2014

DATE SET! May 3rd Paint Day!

We are pleased to announce that the Happy Valley Community Crossroads street mural project is set to paint Saturday May 3rd! Weather permitting, we will gather neighbors that day to paint the city and neighbor approved mural at the corner of 22nd St. and Harris Ave. The paint has been ordered, the proper city permits acquired, and now it's time to get the word out. Let everyone you know about the May 3rd paint day, and stay tuned for more details about the day.
If you want to help organize the event let Aaron or Dan know:
-Daniel Tucker -
-Aaron Walters -

Here's to community!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mural BBQ - Sat., Feb. 15 (1-3pm) Firehouse PAC

After a weekend of sun, we are beginning to think about the Happy Valley Community Crossroads street mural. We are going to host a BBQ on Saturday, February 15th, from 1pm – 3pm on the back lawn of the Firehouse PAC (1314 Harris Ave.). Bring something to grill and something to share. We’ll talk about the project, and tentative dates, and you can learn how you can help. Invite a friend and join us.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Green Lights a Go!

Good news! The mayor and the city’s art commission gave us “the green light” for our intersection art project. The design submitted by Fairhaven Middle School student Willow Hughes, won neighborhood and city approval. After approval Willow said, “I’m very excited about my art being chosen for the Happy Valley Community Crossroad project. Now a piece of my art can be presented to everyone, those who live in the Happy Valley neighborhood and others. I’m also excited that something I’m good at will make a difference in Bellingham.” With the weather turning wet and colder, it has been decided to plan on a spring 2014 paint day. This will allow us as a neighborhood to prepare, working with the city to determine logistics for the day, a paint day strategy, and festivity preparations.  If you are interested in helping organize the day, contact Aaron. But for now, hurray for another step toward a successful paint day!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Green Light from the Arts Commission!

Good news! Last night the city’s art commission gave us “the green light” for our intersection art project. It now goes to the mayor for final approval. Now we need to discern if we can paint this fall or if we should wait for the spring. Pray for a long stretch of dry weather!

There will be some steps that need to take place before paint day. If you want to help with the process let us know. But for now, hurray for another step toward a successful paint day!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Successful 1st Presentation to Arts Commission

Last night we presented our proposal to the city’s arts commission. It was a great meeting, where we were able to share our vision and hopes for our intersection mural project. The arts commission is a group of respected local artists entrusted with helping to bring quality art into the public arena. This group is a great resource for our city, and offered excellent suggestions to improve our project. Their primary suggestion to us was to involve a muralist to help bring our community approved design to scale on the pavement. Between now and our final presentation to the arts commission (in early October), we will be working with this muralist in how to successfully move the awesome design (by Willow) onto the street, where we as a neighborhood can paint together. All in all, we are excited to partner with the city in continuing to achieve our goal of bring neighbors together around cool stuff. Viva comunidad!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Proposal Submitted!

Our proposal to the city has been submitted! After some great suggestions from Wendy, Michael, and Jeff, we turned our proposal into the Department of Public Works. They then passed it to the Arts Commission. It will be to the Arts Commission that we will give two presentations; the first presentation will be on September 3rd. After the second presentation in October, they will make a recommendation to the mayor.

As we wait for these presentations, we can take a breath and celebrate what we've accomplished thus far: moving a neighborhood desire into action, organizing all the pieces to create a solid proposal, and most importantly gathering together as neighbors and building relationships around a positive project. Here's to an already successful project!