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The Foster Window Project is a community art project organized by Vicki Wilson and John Larsen-the husband and wife artistic team behind the Foster Powell Community Garden , and a committee of your neighbors in the Foster Powell Neighborhood. On behalf of the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association, we have been awarded a Southeast Uplift Creative Engagement Grant that will provide materials to create community-based artwork in several underused windows on the Foster Road corridor. Simply, we are identifying storefronts which have potential for positive impact on Foster Rd and, with the approval of building owners and creative input from the neighborhoods, we are designing and creating installation artworks for those windows. The installations will be determined and created with help from the community.

We are doing this to help promote the neighborhood association, create community, help beautify Foster Rd and make Foster storefronts more appealing. It is our hope that un-leased property will receive new interest through this project.

Here’s our timeline and how it works: (December 14 update to the timeline: We are changing the approach to planning these projects. We will be completing the timeline for the first site as we start the timeline for the second site. We’ll play it by ear, still hoping to wrap up the 4th site by June 2015)

Phoenix Mural Timeline:

  • Community Input for the Phoenix Bldg: November 1st-December 1st
  • John and Vicki Design phase: December 1st-December 8th
  • Community voting on 3 designs: December 8th-December 31st
  • John and Vicki prep phase: January 1-January 14, 2015
  • Community Painting Party at Performance Works NW: Thursday, January 15 6:30pm-10:30pm
  • Finishing and installation: January 15-January 30

June-August 2014-Once a building owner agrees to host a Foster Window Project, a sign will be created and displayed in that window. The sign will inform pedestrians how to register ideas on the question “What would you like to see here?” We would ask our neighbors to imagine what type of activity could take place in the space and provide some general suggestions: a grocery, a café, a bowling alley, an art studio, tai chi classes, clothing store, Laundromat, office supplies. If a grocery store is chosen as the overall favorite, our designs would reflect an artistic version of a vibrant grocery store. We might draw from the material language of the grocery store-using grocery bags, shopping carts, huge papier mache fruits and vegetables…

If the building currently houses a business, we would like to highlight that in some way.

August-October 2014-Community polling will take place at neighborhood association meetings in both neighborhoods, National Night Out and Fun On Foster, as well as online

October-December 2014-Design choices will be presented at neighborhood association meetings for a revision and approval process

January-April 2015- Implementation (one of four windows will be completed each month with one or two community work parties per site). Documentation of the project begins to appear online. Window “treatments” will stay in place until the building owner rents the space, the current business needs to use the window space or a minimum of one year if the space is not being used.

How to get involved: Business owners can donate supplies, work space, funds or refreshments for events. Anyone can take part in the polling process and anyone can come to the work sessions to help create the work.

For more information, please contact Vicki and John by email at 62ndgarden@gmail.com

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