People tell me we need a map -- to show where the mural will go, what is funded, and what is not. So here you go!
Thanks to the digital artists who worked on bringing this map to life: Nik Joshi for combining the map and mural design and Josiah Lopez, for better defining the dragon's face based on workshop feedback.
The cherry at the top of our mural sundae, so to speak, is a mini-mural at Spider Park. This site would only get painted if we get fully funded, as it requires another skilled artist assistant to supervise a crew of volunteer painters. This site was ranked just below Hacienda Ave in our location survey, but some neighbors feel very passionate about it, as a spot where people often stop and chat -- and a site where the northern section of the neighborhood crosses paths, and where elders could be attracted into a space currently most inviting for children.
The design for this site is based on kid's drawings from our 5 day long Drop-in Design workshop -- where heaps of kids drew treehouses. It would feature creatures from the sidewalk Elemental design, repeated here (lizard, sunflower, turkey). It leaves space for kids to add to the mural with their sidewalk chalk drawings.
As you can see, this idea is still kinda rough and needs some finessing -- which I will do very happily, once I'm more certain we'll have enough money to paint it!
The magic of crowdfunding is... a lot of tiny donations add up to a WHOLE LOT of money.
So please help us turn our mural dreams into reality -- Donate Today!
The votes are in!
ELEMENTAL was the #1 design chosen by neighbors (both at the final workshop and through absentee voting).
The ELEMENTAL design celebrates the power of nature while highlighting the diverse cultural traditions of our neighbors, with artistic styles and symbols pulled from many cultures.
The design starts on the greenbelt path outside Bianco Court and Chautauqua Apartments with a colorful compass, to help people find their way as they enter the neighborhood. But the real color gets going just north of Atria Covell Gardens, where wind and air blow seeds and butterflies north.
The invasive but beautiful plant Field Bindweed reminds us of the power of nature, breaking up the concrete pathway and introducing each of the elements – Air, Earth, Water, and Fire. Within each element, plants, animals, symbols rendered in styles from many distinct cultural traditions celebrate who we might meet on our walk through the neighborhood.
As the pathway turns east, the concrete opens into an asphalt cul-de-sac at Hacienda Avenue. Here flowing water turns into a wild water dragon, inspired by both Chinese dragons and the Pokemon players who frequent the neighborhood. The water dragon doubles as a walking labyrinth, with rainbow fish swimming inside it.
From the north, up Hacienda Avenue come birds and butterflies, reminding us of both creature and human migrants who travel our neighborhood.
Elemental 21 votes
Every River Flows to the Sea 11 votes
Love Grows Wild 3 votes
Thanks again to all who voted, and to Gina who counted all our absentee ballots.
Design Workshop 3: Finalizing the Fabulous!
Notes from from the third (and final) public design workshop, written by Carlea Rossi (art intern extraordinaire)
This past Sunday, more than 25 residents of Senda Nueva gathered together, with the help of artist team Danielle Fodor, Judy Catambay, and Carlea Rossi, to discuss and vote on the final mural design to be painted on the pedestrian pathway behind Atria.
People from ages 10 to 92 sang, reminisced and shared their love for the neighborhood, singing songs and making new friendships along the way.
In total, Danielle drafted three different designs from the ideas created from the previous workshops.
The three proposed designs included:
Love Grows Wild: This design portrays relationships between people and creatures who inhabit the green belt, while giving visual form to “Love your Neighbor” across cultures and differences. Starting with a ladybug in flight at the bench behind Atria, the design continues a little farther along the pathway with bees pollinating flowers and sharing them with birds, who are then sniffed by dogs being walked by their owners. Then come the squirrels who share their acorns with a dog and a turkey, followed further along the path by a turkey chasing a magical snake in the grass. Each character communicates with the others in their own way, surrounded by heart designs from different cultures to celebrate diversity in the neighborhood. At the entrance to Bianco Court, a directional marker of different animals that symbolize the kinds of people who come and go along the pathway: from a bird in flight symbolizing the bicyclists who ride through the greenbelt, to a bee symbolizing the students who continue past the green belt, pollinating out into the world. If the design were to continue into Hacienda Court, it would include a dandelion sprouting from entrance into the cul-de-sac, surrounded by butterflies and hearts.
Every River Flows to the Sea: Focusing on a water theme, this design was influenced by those from the neighborhood who love water and feel connected to farflung waterways as they walk our greenbelt, headed towrds the North Davis ditch. Starting with a rainbow trout near the bench behind Atria, the design continues with flowing water inspired by Japanese embroidery, along the pathway leading to Hacienda Court. Residents could follow along the path created by the waves, finding creatures familiar to the neighborhood like lizards, turkeys, egrets and birds, sprinkled throughout the water scene. A directional marker at Bianco Court would include a colorful sea turtle, and in Hacienda Court, the design would include a friendly child-like sun, smiling down on a sailboat headed out to sea, surrounded by wind, butterflies, and birds.
*Elemental: This colorful design would focus on elements in nature and the seasons, which change with the green belt. Near Atria Covell Gardens, powerful bindweed begins to crack up the concrete, introducing the elements of nature, the creatures found in the greenbelt, and the cultures who share our neighborhood.
Heading south from Atria, butterflies fly in the wind, animals gather in the earth, fish and turtles swim through water, and flowers bloom and lizards crawl through the heat of fire. The directional marker near Bianco Court would include a Native American symbol for the four directions. At Hacienda Avenue, the water transforms into a Chinese-inspired water dragon spiral, surrounded by fish and plants, with birds and butterflies flying in from the north.
After the three designs were introduced, residents were separated into groups to discuss their favorite designs, and advocate for why it was the best! This which was followed by the final vote.
The clear workshop winner was Elemental with 13 votes, followed by Every River Flows to the Sea with 5 votes and Love Grows Wild with 3 votes.
The neighbors then voted to change a few parts of the Elemental design, deciding to add:
Designs are still subject to additional changes if needed from the City of Davis, nearby residents, and deeper cultural / ecological research.
Absentee voting will be open for 1 week, as a runoff between the top 2 drawings (Every River and Elemental).
You can view drawings and vote for your favorite, stored in a portfolio at the mouth of Hacienda Cul-de-Sac until July 9.
Location Survey #2 (aka the final vote) has been tabulated, and the results reviewed with the Creative Action Team to make decisions based on it.
Here is a summary of what you've told us!
Total respondents for location survey #2: 35
People attending Walking Tour #2: ~ 23
It is most important that the mural location provide opportunities for:
LOCATION PREFERENCE: MAIN SITE
Please rank your preference for the primary mural location
*Option A: Pedestrian Pathway North of Atria Covell Gardens - 15 votes
Option B: Hacienda Avenue Cul-de-sac near greenbelt - 13 votes
Option C: Blue / Spiderman Park near Eagle Place - 7 votes
SECONDARY SITE PREFERENCES
Survey respondents could either vote to rank the sites by preference or simply write "no" for sites they didn't want painted. The most popular feasible sites are listed below starting with the most popular.
*1st Choice: Pathway Icon on Greenbelt near Bianco Court and Chautauqua Apartments
2nd Choice: Mini-Mural at Hacienda
3rd Choice: Mini-Mural as Concrete Pad of Blue/Spiderman Playground
We currently have enough funds to paint The Pedestrian Pathway North of Atria Covell Gardens (Option A), the Pathway Icon on the Greenbelt near Bianco Court, and about 1/8 the area of Hacienda Court. 4 people volunteered to help fundraise for enough paint for the secondary sites via the survey, and will be working over the coming months to supersize this project with a more generous budget.
You can donate now to fund MORE MURAL ART art at Hacienda Avenue cul de sac and Blue/Spiderman Park.
"No Go" sites:
Sites vetoed by survey responses:
These are the sites were eliminated as possibilities because that received the at least 4 "NO" votes and/or received very few 1st choice rankings.
Sidewalk at Antelope Alley (aka Halloween/Pumpkin Alley)
Pathway between Impala and Elk Places
Antelope and Quail intersection
Brown Belt Crossings
Y pathway intersection Northeast of Dominos*
* The Y intersection received many 1st choice votes, but was determined not feasible by the Creative Action Team because it received an equal number of “NO” votes.
Sites not feasible:
The crosswalk at Quail was ranked highly by survey respondents, but is not currently feasible due to unclear regulations and requirements from Public Works department.
This is a great time to remind you all that this mural is a project of the City of Davis Arts and Cultural Affairs program, and is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
We have completed a walking tour, a location survey, and received tons of info from Senda Nueva residents via info sessions and designs workshops. Here is a summary of that that you've told us!
Location Survey #1: 41 respondents
Walking Tour #1: 11 people
Verbal Map Feedback via Info Sessions & Drop-In Design Workshop: ~70 people
MURAL LOCATION PRIORITIES – via Location Survey #1
It is most important that the mural location provide opportunities for:
% represents from total respondents to question, not total Location Survey respondents.
LOCATIONS SUGGESTED -- via survey or verbal feedback
45% of Location Survey #1 respondents suggested a site. Many suggested general locations such as “greenbelt or park”.
Valencia & Almeria intersection; Hacienda Park; Cul-de-Sac on Valencia (West End), Valencia at brown belt crossing, Hacienda at brown belt crossing; Pamplona; Cul-de-Sac on Hacienda Avenue (South End); Alvarado & Anderson Traffic Circle; Seville and Barcelona intersection; Antelope and Quail intersection; Quail crosswalk at greenbelt; Caribou Place; Anderson crossing at greenbelt;
Basketball Court, path behind Pajaro Condos/near Bianco Court; Large cement pathway south of Atria Covell Gardens; Small icon at each street intersection with greenbelt, culminating in central location (like puzzle); pathway intersection near Caribou Court; pathway intersection near Lightpost 42, NE of Dominos; pathway between lawns near Dominos; pathway between Impala and Elk Courts.
Many additional location suggestions were outside the physical limits of the grant (e.g. Farmer’s Market, Marketplace shopping center, Falcon Court). These locations are not all listed here because they are outside the geographic limits of our funding.
About 50% of Location Survey #1 respondents included a concern about location. Most concerns expressed opinions about a specific site or street location, although 14% of respondents had a general objection to a mural at any location.
Locations Not Feasible*:
(as determined by residents during Walking Tour, Drop-In Design Workshops and via Creative Action Team meetings.
Locations Semi Feasible – as secondary sites only
Based on all location feedback, the Creative Action Team chose these locations as 3 main location choices for the mural
Option A: Pedestrian Pathway North of Atria Covell Gardens
Option B: Hacienda Avenue Cul-de-sac near greenbelt
Option C: Blue / Spiderman Park near Eagle Place
These locations were chosen because of resident support, connectivity, surface quality, safety concerns, access, and ease of logistical planning. They each could easily connect to larger greenbelt pathways to create an art walk.
These locations may be possible for smaller artistic pieces depending on to-be-determined factors, including: main mural location, resident support, public works input, fundraising, skilled labor availability, and more.
Antelope and Quail intersection; sidewalk at Antelope Alley (aka Halloween/Pumpkin Alley); Pathway Icon on Greenbelt near Bianco Court and Chautauqua Apartments; Brown Belt Crossing at Valencia Ave; Brown Belt Crossing at Hacienda Ave; Crosswalk at Quail Ave connecting to greenbelt – between Gazelle and Caribou Places;; Pathway between Impala and Elk Places
The final location will be chosen via paper Location Survey #2.
The survey has only 6 questions, but you must visit the locations in person order to vote. It is difficult to understand the locations (advantages, disadvantages) without visiting them in person.
THE MOST FUN WAY to complete the survey is to show up IN PERSON for Walking Tour #2 on Sunday, June 9 at 10 am.
We will meet at the lawn near the Dominos. The Survey will also be posted here online on June 8, 7 pm for download. You can request a paper copy delivered to your house by calling a Creative Action Team volunteer: Meg 203-464-2484, Juliette 530-902-8407, or Jenny 530-574-2483.
Location Info Compiled by:
Creative Action Team: Raychel Kubby Adler, Juliette Beck, Nick Buxton, Gina Gemignani, Meg Gurley, Josiah Lopez, Jenny Tom, and Stephanie Schoen (mapping queen)
Lead Artist: Danielle Fodor Assistant Artist: Judy Catambay
Sadly, I can't lead tonight's session, as I've caught a stomach bug. In addition to being weak, I really don't want to give it to any of you all. So I'll have to reschedule (bummer!). Since the workshops are sequential (each building on the previous), this Sunday's event will be the brainstorming session, and next week will be Design and Draw.
This means for the next two weeks, the public workshop schedule will be:
Design Workshop #1 -- Brainstorm Sunday June 3, 3–5 pm
Dos Pinos Community Room, 2550 Sycamore
Location Walking Tour #2 -- Vote Saturday June 9, 10 am
Meet at Dominos sculpture in Greenbelt
Design Workshop #2 -- Design & Draw Sunday June 10, 3-5 pm
Atria Covell Garden (Location Tentative)
Thanks for your patience and flexibility.
NLOCATION Walking Tour #2 has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 9 at 10 am.
The second Location Survey will be delayed accordingly, and open on the same day -- June 9 and open for 10 days. You have to visit the sites in person in order to vote on location.
Why delay? The heat of summer will hit early this weekend, and the originally scheduled time of 1 pm threatened to make the event an unpleasant, sweltering march -- instead of the joyous journey of adventure it should be!
Why join the walking tour? The walking tour is the best opportunity to help choose the mural site. Truly, the only way to appreciate the differences between the sites is to see them in person -- and talk them over with neighbors. We can share how we use the places, what we love about each site, and share concerns with a rapt audience. PLUS it is a great time to make new friends and explore and imagine our neighborhood in a new, superfun way. Kids love the walking tours, too (especially chatty ones with scooters, 7+).
Which sites are being considered? There are currently about 15 sites up for consideration. Some are large (i.e. the concrete pad near the Spiderman Playground, intersections of greenbelt paths, or Hacienda Ave cul-de-sac), and others are small (i.e. crosswalk on Quail or the sidewalk behind Atria Covell Gardens). We can walk to all of them within about 30 minutes. We have a limited budget, so we will rank the sites in order of preference, and see how far our paint will take us. Since we will stop at each site to chat, the tour takes about 90 minutes.
Proposed locations are highlighted in dark blue.
Volunteers are slowly contacting residents of adjoining homes to see how people feel about having a mural (or smaller painted feature) nearby.
In addition to the neighborhood vote, the feasibility of each of these sites must be determined to choose the final location(s) -- this means checking to see if neighbors in adjoining houses support the project and asking the city about logistics with each site (road closures, repaving schedule, etc).
How can I help? We could use a helping hand this week with compiling location info from the walking tours (i.e. typing and organizing info) and with chatting with neighbors at certain proposed sites.
Please contact Danielle if you're interested in helping out: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re invited to help design a vibrant street mural for our community!
Artist Danielle Fodor is leading a series of three workshops in June and July to design a mural to paint on a pavement surface in the neighborhood (a mix of greenbelt and street locations).
· All ages welcome -- but best for people older than 10. Younger children will enjoy the street painting in October best.
· Nearby neighbors are invited to participate in the design.*
· If you work in the neighborhood or walk here daily, you can come too!
· Workshops will include activities for both drawers and talkers. No artistic ability necessary.
Come to all three workshops, or whichever ones you can attend! Drop-ins welcome. OK to arrive late or leave early.
Remember to RSVP below so we have enough chairs!
Design Workshop #1
Thursday, May 31, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado
∙ Brainstorm ideas!
∙ Draw (and/or bring) pictures that inspire *
∙ Share values and visions
Design Workshop #2
June 3, 3 – 5 pm Dos Pinos Community Room, 2550 Sycamore
DESIGN & DRAW
∙ Develop the mural’s theme
∙ Draw in teams or alone *
∙ Share songs and stories
Design Workshop #3
July 1, 1 – 3 pm Location TBA
FINALIZING THE FABULOUS
∙ Look at final designs and choose one!
∙ Give design feedback to make it more magical
∙ Celebrate our work and plan for painting
WHAT TO BRING (optional)
For Design Workshops 1 and 2, feel free to bring ideas and materials to build a group collage. Your contributions may include: written words, drawings, photographs, or other inspirational images. Also -- bring snacks or drinks to share, if you can!
If you can’t attend, you can email your ideas to email@example.com
Danielle will use the drawings and ideas generated in the first two workshops, in order to develop 3 design proposals for presentation and community feedback on the July Workshop.
Our plan is to paint the mural on the weekend of October 12-14, Davis Neighbors Night Out, weather permitting. Save the date!
We hope you can join us!
Got questions? Please contact Meg 203-464-2484, Juliette 530-902-8407, or Jenny 530-574-2483 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* While all city residents will be invited to paint the mural, the design process is focused on nearby residents living within the borders of Sycamore, Anderson, Alvarado, and the North Davis Ditch/Malaga. But... if you work in or walk through this neighborhood on a daily basis, you are welcome to attend.
Today, please join us for a walking tour of the neighborhood at 6:45 pm. We'll meet at Hacienda Park and walk from there to the greenbelt.
The theme of this walking tour is "Imagine and Explore" -- and that's exactly what we'll do. With clipboards in hand, we'll look at each of the sites that neighbors have suggested for the street mural. In each location, we'll stop and imagine what it would be like to have that location transformed by place-making art. Along the way, we'll notice our surroundings, learn how different people use the space, and write down any concerns.
This walking tour will give the resident Creative Action Team all the info they need to decide which sites are feasible -- and then we'll start talking to adjacent households to see where the site is invited by residents.
Join us for a fun (and informative) way to explore the neighborhood.
You'll make new friends, see the neighborhood with fresh eyes, and create new stories about the place we live.
If you're running late -- feel free to join up with us on the greenbelt. You can look for small group of people with a few clipboards in hand.
Kids welcome to attend, but the activity is more adult-oriented.
Oh -- and this is a good time to mention that we're still looking for volunteers to help with the location selection process (sifting through surveys, talking to neighbors) -- you can email email@example.com to offer help
REMINDER: Mural Location Survey #1 closes today. You can fill it out online here.
ALSO THIS WEEK:
May 23 - 26 – “The Artist Is In” Drop - In Design Workshop – Kid-Friendly
9 - 11 am – Blue / Spiderman Park 3:30 - 6:30 pm – Big Lawn near Dominos
May 24, 7 - 8:30 pm -- Mural Info Session #3 -- Atria Covell Gardens
May 31, 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Design Workshop 1: Brainstorm -- Location TBA
June 2, 1 pm – LOCATION Walking Tour #2 – Visit Short List Sites & Vote -- Meet at Big Lawn in Greenbelt near Dominos
June 3, 3 – 5 pm – Design Workshop 2: Design & Draw -- Location TBA
The first info session (held Monday, May 14 at Hacienda Park) was a big success, with about 30 people showing up to meet neighbors, share ideas, learn about the mural design/paint process, and ask questions. There were kids and elders present, original home owners and people who just moved into the neighborhood -- as well as a wide variety of perspectives on what art and community look like. I'm excited to see these conversations and connections build over the coming months -- and to have about 8 new volunteers who signed up to help with the project (yay!).
I'm aware we haven't yet completed outreach to every home in the neighborhood, and for that opinions on art vary widely. For that reason there are two more info sessions scheduled, so that people receiving flyers for the first time today will be able to get up to speed on the project. Special thanks to all the volunteers handing out flyers this week!
The info session presentation (with bright and beautiful slides), covers the basic "Who, What, Why, Where, When, and How" of the project -- tells the story of how community art is made -- and explains how to get involved. If you missed the first info session -- there's two more opportunities.
UPCOMING INFO SESSIONS
* Sunday, May 20, 1:30 to 3:30 pm -- Dos Pinos Community Room, 2550 Sycamore Lane -- Info Session #2
* Thursday, May 24, 7 to 8:30 pm -- Atria Covell Gardens -- Info Session #3
If you're just itching to get your ideas in the mural (or help decide the location), you're welcome to skip the info sessions and just come to a design workshop or walking tour. The full EVENT SCHEDULE with dates and locations for all workshops and painting days is linked here.
REMINDER: The Location Survey is still open and you can fill it out here.