A Kingfield fundraiser held Sept. 21 to save the contentious Cuban mural at West 38th Street and Grand Avenue garnered nearly $3,000 in donations — just a few hundred dollars short of its $3,350 goal.
The mural was painted in August by Cuban muralist Lidia Aguilera Snchez on the west side of the Peter Pan Dry Cleaners, 322 W. 38th St. Aguilera Snchez was in town visiting her friend Victor Valens, co-owner of Victor’s 1959 Caf. 3756 Grand Ave.
The mural was painted on a billboard mounted to the wall of the dry cleaners with the consent of pertinent businesses, but not the building owner, who has since demanded it be moved and replaced with a blank billboard. Kingfield officials estimate it will cost $3,350 to move the mural to the east wall of the Petersen Flowers building at 410 W. 38th St., and install another billboard.
The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) supplied a $1,500 grant to paint the initial mural and is now working with mural originator Nikki Valens, co-owner of Victor’s, to collect donations to save it.
KFNA staffer Sarah Linnes-Robinson said the building owner extended the deadline to remove and replace the mural until Oct. 8. Until then, Linnes-Robinson said, KFNA and neighborhood businesses are accepting donations to reach their goal.
To donate, stop by businesses at the intersection of 38th Street and Grand Avenue or send a tax-deductible check to: KFNA, 3754 Pleasant Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55409.