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the project

The Bellevue Mural Arts Program was initiated by Scott Streit and John King, owners of 411 Lincoln Avenue. Scott and John purchased and rehabilitated this main street property for the purposes of participating in Bellevue's main street renaissance. Being aware that successful community and economic development revitalization doesn't necessarily happen behind a desk, both owners sought to utilize their entire building-sized brick exterior to create a mural communicating Bellevue's revitalization in the most colorful, engaging, and practical way that they could: a mural. So, they agreed to donate their space to Bona Fide Bellevue for the purposes of creating a mural featuring Bellevue's revitalization. In order to best realize their vision, they tapped RJ Thompson, a local designer, community engager, and Bona Fide Bellevue board member to assist in building the plan for the mural. But, what was originally supposed to be a single mural turned into a bigger creative placemaking initiative: "let's make as many meaningful and memorable murals as we can in spaces that are available to us!" 

As a result of the conceptual growth, enthusiasm, and acceptance of the program, Revival on Lincoln has also agreed to implement a mural on the Fremont-facing/street-side of the "Little House" event space on their property. Both 411 Lincoln and Revival on Lincoln sit diagonally opposite each other, which creates a minor walking tour of both murals surrounded by two restaurants. Jennie Denton, a local resident, artist, and designer, has provided the design for the two murals in a "Bellevue quirky" aesthetic that resonates with many different folks throughout the community. RJ Thompson and Kent Kerr, of Bellevue-based design research practice +Public, have donated $500 to pay Jennie for her work. All agree that artists are typically at the forefront of revitalization and that paying them for their contributions builds trust and long-lasting partnerships. Furthermore, Jennie will be able to produce prints and t-shirts of her designs and sell them at Bellevue-based stores and online, with a portion of the sales coming back to Bona Fide Bellevue to continue funding for additional murals. A small army of Bellevue volunteers are at the ready to get painting! 

These two beginning murals, ideally, will set a high standard that reflects the bright and colorful future of Bellevue. Potential sites for future murals include the retaining wall at Bayne Park on Balph Avenue, Northgate High School, and just about any place where people will donate a wall or space. It would be incredible to see large, dynamic, and attention-grabbing artwork painted on walls throughout the entire community. 

The following work is courtesy of Jennie Denton, Lamplight Creative

This mural will be installed on the Little House at Revival on Lincoln, despite the mockup showing the 411 Lincoln property. 




the steps

RJ Thompson will take lead on this collaboration with Scott, John, Chris, and Jennie, and others. Once we have cash in hand, we will purchase paint, primer, and additional accessories required for mural creation, including but not limited to sanding equipment, ladders, etc. Bona Fide Bellevue board members will assist in recruiting volunteers such as local artists, Northgate high school student-artists, residents, and entrepreneurs. Since this timeline is somewhat unpredictable because of the weather, teams of volunteers will be needed to produce both murals simultaneously. If we are unable to initiate or complete the two murals within the suggested timeframe, they will be postponed until late spring/early summer 2020. Jennie Denton will produce prints and a complementing t-shirt fundraiser campaign featuring her artwork will also be a critical feature of the mural design and installation process. 

why we're doing it

Bellevue, despite having a base of wonderfully talented residents and stakeholders, does not have an active creative placemaking or public art program. While the arts are represented by the Herrmann Museum and Northgate High School, among others, visual art integrated into the main business corridor has a minimal existence. As Bellevue celebrates a community and economic development revitalization—drawing in new people into the community to experience new restaurants, retail, and more—we need to reinforce that there is an active and growing culture that makes Bellevue worth returning to, time and time again. These two beginning murals, ideally, will kickstart interest in having more citizen artwork featured on vacant spaces in the community and reinforce what so many people already believe about Bellevue—that it's a place for everyone. A place of all colors and walks of life. A place for creating new lives, friendships, families, and lasting memories of the place they are proud to call home.


John King and Scott Streit, owners of 411 Lincoln Avenue, have donated the entire side of their building for the placement of a single mural. Additionally, John King and Chris Driscoll, owners of Revival on Lincoln restaurant, have donated the Fremont Avenue-facing wall of the "Little House" of Revival on Lincoln for a second mural. RJ Thompson and Kent Kerr, owners of Bellevue-based design practice +Public, are donating $500 to pay the artist fees. Jennie Denton, local resident and owner of Lamplight Creative, will be providing the artwork. 

Budget Breakdown
$2000 for paints and mural-related supplies.


ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $63


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