In the summer of 2017, with the support of SE Uplift’s Small Community Grants Program, PSAA will organize a local team of artists to design and paint a new mural that honors the rich history of the Sunnyside Neighborhood and Belmont District. This mural will be over 100 feet long and include 10 panels, each representing significant pieces of Sunnyside history, like its early Native American and pioneer histories, its historic built environment, unique transportation history, iconic local landmarks, prominent businesses and places of worship, and its dynamic cultures of art and sustainability.
This website will serve as a hub for documenting Sunnyside’s history, and the process of creating this community mural. The Keep on the Sunnyside Mural Project will culminate with a mural celebration event, where the community can come together to celebrate its proud history as Portland’s first streetcar-era development and its bright future as a neighborhood dedicated to strong social ties, sustainability, and colorful streets.
Historic Sunnyside Archival Photos
While the majority of this project is supported by a SE Uplift grant, PSAA needs the community’s help raising money to pay for a protective clear coating for the mural wall, to ensure it is resistant to vandalism and UV fading. This coating is expensive but it is an important to ensure the mural lasts for years to come. All of PSAA's organizing and management services are being donated for this project. Please consider supporting the project, by donating to the GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/keeponthesunnyside) or contacting PSAA directly. All donations are tax-deductible!