This article, written by Marjorie Beggs, was originally published in Central City Extra's February 2015 issue.
Update, 3/26: Come out this week and help shape the look of the Tenderloin — the mural that will grace the west wall of the Windsor Hotel, 238 Eddy St., overlooking Boeddeker Park. At three meetings this week, interested neighbors and citizens at large can meet with the mural’s artist from 1:AM gallery and have their say about “Everyone Deserves a Home,” the theme of the piece that will cover five-plus stories of the SRO. Work on the mural is expected to start at year’s end. The meetings will be held at the Boeddeker Clubhouse as follows:
- Thursday, March 26th, 6-7pm
- Friday, March 27th, 10-11am
- Saturday, March 28th, 1:30-2:30pm
By the end of the year, a huge mural will grace the west wall of the 94- unit Windsor Hotel, 238 Eddy St., rising behind the new Boeddeker Park Clubhouse and covering most of the hotel’s six stories. Its theme: “Everyone Deserves a Home."
Delivering Innovation in SupportiveHousing — DISH — got a $40,000 matching grant from the city to manage the creation of the mural by Daniel Pan and other artists at 1AM Gallery. DISH, which manages services at six supportive housing sites, including the Windsor, is one of 31 organizations — and the only one from the Tenderloin — to get an award this year from the Community Challenge Grant program.
The $1.2 million in grants comes from S.F. businesses that designate 1 percent of their business tax to help beautify neighborhoods citywide. Depending on the scale of the project, a grantee must match 25 percent to 50 percent of the award with cash, volunteer labor, donated materials or services.
“We’re just starting to look at sources for our 25 percent match,” says DISH Director Lauren Hall. “No commitments yet, but DISH’s staff time will be in-kind and the artists’ too.” The draft drawing of the mural, she adds, will be adjusted when neighbors weigh in during three community meetings planned for spring. Also, because the mural is city-funded, it must be approved by the Arts Commission.