A Great Day In Lake City
Saturday, September 9th, Lake City Future First was joined by about 30 neighbors to dedicate artist Andrew Miller’s mural on the retaining walls of Value Village. LCFF funded the mural and looks forward to continuing to work with the Lake City Young Leaders, local business, Lake City artists and Andy to keep the momentum going on murals in Lake City. Thanks to the Double J Saloon for hosting the after party. Attendants were treated to some music, insights from Andy and his process and a dinasaur themed cake in honor of the mural motif.
Earlier that day – Lake City came out to celebrate the grand opening of the Lake City Skate Park. Our local hero, Kevin Hilman, who shepherded this project through over the course of about 9 years, was joined by Mayor Ed Murray, Parks Superintendent Jesus Aguirre, Dwight Preveo with Wells Fargo, members of the Virgil Flaim Family and Andrea Meyers with Children’s Home Society. The park was buzzing with youth of all ages and beyond showing their tricks and enjoying this incredible addition to the community.
LCFF presented Kevin with a special award at our August Community Conversation for his dedication and perseverance throughout the project. Kevin is a true example of the positive impact an individual can have on a community.
Challenging Area to Get a Paint Job from Artist Andrew Miller
LCFF has had the great privilege of supporting the mural work being completed around Lake City by Mark Mendez’s, Lake City Leaders program. The person who has guided the youth and brought their visions to the walls of Toyoda Sushi, Elliott Bay Brewery and the North Helpline Food Bank is local artist Andrew Miller. Andrew has committed a great deal of his time and talents to this effort demonstrating a belief in the power of community projects and commitment to the visions of our future leaders.
Working with the Value Village in Lake City, LCFF has created the opportunity to get Andrews work up on “those brown walls” that line the parking lot of the Value Village store and the large parking area to the south. The Value Village management has been fantastic to work with and relayed to us that this was a project they had in their minds for quite some time. Store manager, Allison Hughes, was immediately receptive to the proposal and was the one who made the conceptual suggestion (dinosaurs) which Andrew quickly ran with.
If you would like to volunteer to help fill in the mural we are having a painting party on Saturday, August 12th from 10am-4pm. Volunteers will have the opportunity to paint and fill in the design with brilliant colors, while contributing to the creative process!
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2017 Here We Come!
Lake City Future First is proud of our accomplishments and the leaps forward in 2016. It has been an honor and a privilege to be in the position of Director for just over a year now. We believe we have seen great benefit in having increased our capacity.
Earlier this year we listened as Mayor Murray identified Lake City as the pilot neighborhood to work with the newly organized Office of Community Planning and Development. While Lake City continues to work with the City to develop and understand this new model, we know that the City has recognized our community as one that needs support. Lake City is poised for a great deal of growth and now is the time to get involved.
Following is a short list of projects that we are particularly proud of for 2016:
- With neighborhood partners the Children’s Home Society of Washington and the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance we applied for and received a $100K planning grant. The effort has been branded “Imagine Lake City Together”.
Continue reading “Director’s Review of 2016”
The World is Our Canvas
Do you know who painted those colorful murals around the Lake City Community Center? At the request of the community, and thanks in large part to efforts spearheaded by Chuck Dickey – a Lake City resident, volunteer, community advocate, and Chamber and Lion’s Club member – the Lake City Mural Arts Project employed 30+ Seattle Community Court defendants doing court-ordered community service to design and produce these beautiful public artworks in late 2009. The theme of the mural facing Albert Davis Park reflects the history and character of Lake City.
The next time you stroll by, take a moment to pause, look closely, and appreciate the vision, care, and elbow grease given by so many people.
Read Seattle Community Court News, December 2009 (PDF) for project details (page 2), including awesome step-by-step photos that show the artists at every stage of work (page 9) and the dedication ceremony (page 8).