The Ugly Wall’s Story:
I enjoy walking. But as I walk down Plum Street, I can’t help my eyes from being distracted by this ugly wall that juts out from the corner. As an artist who loves living in the city I was being taunted by this wall for months. So I finally decided to see what the owner, Leah Margerum, of East Side Community Kitchen, would think of a mural painted on her ugly wall. "You mean this horrific wall of mine? Absolutely, let’s slap some color on it!"
And that is how it started. And it continued to grow. I talked with other community artists who would be willing to donate their time to a mural illustrating the distinctiveness of our city. Leah talked to Kitchen members willing to donate food to fund these ideas.
Why should I support this project?
Because the story behind this ugly wall is pretty cool. The building is a Community Kitchen, where various start-up food business owners, caterers and entrepreneurs use the shared kitchen space to craft their food. Many of the kitchen members create some amazing food, but only need a small space. Some are long term residents of Lancaster who want to keep their cooking on a small scale.
The East Side Community Kitchen is committed to their community. Their mission fits well with painting a mural that depicts the character of the East Side of Lancaster. This is a neighborhood that is just waiting to be revitalized. And for me, as a resident of the East Side, I am excited for this side of city to start coming to life. It would also be nice to not have to walk past an ugly wall any more.
Oh and we have food to lure you on. Did I mention these are caterers who make mouth-watering dishes? (See Perks) Also you have the chance to be part of the mural, either your name painted into the mural or even helping to paint!
What we need:
Of course we would prefer to use more than our left over finger paint from kindergarten. This is where your help is needed! The wall is 80' x 11' feet - a large surface to tackle. Funds are needed to cover the cost of preparing the surface and painting supplies. Any additional funds will go towards a gift for the artists helping to make this possible and towards installing lighting to illuminate the mural at night.
The wall will be prepped by Two Dudes Painting in May. The month of June will be devoted to getting the design on the wall and painting. If all goes as planned we will be finished by July - in time for our Mural completion party at the Kitchen!
The East Side of Lancaster is embedded with a lot of life. It's exciting to think of seeing a wall that captures these intricate pieces! We hope you jump on board as well!
Please let us know if you would like to get involved in other ways than just monetarily. We would love your help to make noise about our campaign and spread the word!
Risks and challenges
The most obvious setback that may arise is not meeting our deadline date, due to weather or other obstacles along the way. But we have two dedicated artists on board and supportive Kitchen owners who are ready to be resourceful as we tackle this exciting project! We know this is going to be a big wall to tackle and are expecting that things won't go just perfect, but we aren't afraid of thinking outside the box to make this a success!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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