Neighborhood volunteer extraordinaire Mike Veitenhans is leading a two-hour neighborhood walking tour Saturday morning to raise funds for the new 63rd Street Mural Project. The tour starts at 10 a.m. underneath the bright yellow air raid tower at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. It will include a stop at local artist Kim David Hall’s amazing “bowling ball” house and a peek inside if he’s home (photo below).
No advance registration required; tour cost is whatever you can donate to the project, which will turn the gray wall on the Aurora Avenue North/North 63rd Street underpass into a piece of art. The community voted on the winning design, “Animal Silhouettes,” by artist Michiko Tanaka.
The project is trying to raise $5,000 to match a Department of Neighborhoods grant for paint, anti-graffiti coating and a maintenance contract. The project is sending out a weekly fundraising thermometer from its 10 neighborhood businesses with donation boxes, plus an online donation option through the PNA. Those 10 businesses have pledged to match their customer’s donations up to $250.
Volunteers are needed to help paint. Painting is scheduled to start on Saturday, July 19, and continue on July 20, 26 and 27. Painting volunteers need to be at least 12 years old. If interested, please email N63rdStreetMural@gmail.com.