Intersection Painting Update

By Nancy Zimmermann Chung

Intersection Painting
Tillamook and Rodney Intersection Painting

This year, Eliot Neighbors are participating in Portland’s “Village Building Convergence”. Our project is an intersection painting at the corner of NE Rodney Avenue & NE Tillamook Street. Everyone is invited to join us and pitch in!

Where: NE Rodney Ave. & NE Tillamook St.
When: Saturday, June 1st, 2013, 10am – ?
What: Intersection painting and neighborhood block party, with free food provided by local grocers and eateries!

Our group has created an exuberant design for our painting. The floral center design represents growth and beauty in our community, which is located just north of the Rose Quarter. In the southern quadrant of the painting, musical notes remind us of our neighborhood’s vibrant jazz culture. The western quadrant will feature handprints of all those who come together to work on the painting. The northern quadrant represents the community gardens that have sprung up along our streets, as well as those we cultivate in our own yards. Finally, the eastern quadrant depicts the gears of the bicycles that flow through this intersection, which is the convergence of two greenways.

This community-building project is intended to be an annual event. That means we will re-paint our design – or a completely new one! – next year, and the year after that. So come on out, meet your neighbors, eat some good food, and put your paintbrush to the street!

We are still in great need of folks who can commit to helping out the day of the painting. Our most pressing need is for “volunteer wranglers” who will help direct the people who show up to paint (so that our painting will look beautiful, neat, and at least very nearly like the design that we have drawn). We also need people to

  • Staff the food/coffee table
  • Help set up the morning of the painting
  • Help chalk out the design in the morning
  • And more…

For more information, or if you are interested in working with us, please contact Nancy –, (503) 758-4856.

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