Bonnie Kahn’s Artist Boot Camp is having a show at Muse Art and Design, 4220 SE Hawthorne, Friday, Sept. 5, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The artists are fabulous and many of the artists are donating a percentage of the sales to the Friends of the Vista Bridge! Friends of the Vista Bridge is a non-profit 501 (c) (3). Our Fiscal Sponsor is Lines For Life. We are in the process of raising money to replace the temporary fence on the Vista Bridge with a permanent structure.
Excellent interview with Kevin Hines author of “Cracked Not Broken” regarding nets on the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin states in this interview, “If one person would have been there when I was waiting to jump and ask me if I was okay, I never would have jumped and I would have told them everything.” Thank you Friends of the Vista Bridge Volunteers. Your work saved many lives!
Kevin Hines jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge at the age of 19 and survived. He is one of a handful of people that has survived the 25 story fall. He suffers from bipolar disorder. His story is incredible and he has dedicated his life to lecturing on the disease and raising awareness. He is also featured in the movie “The Bridge.” 57 million Americans suffer from mental health issues. Incarceration is not the answer. What society needs is the funding of mental health awareness programs. Kevin is also strategic in working with the city of San Francisco to have a net placed under the Golden Gate. I highly recommend this book.
I am now on the Vista Bridge Advisory Committee that has been launched through the City of Portland and headed by Commissioner Steve Novick. Our mission is to advise Commissioner Novick on a permanent structure to replace the fence on the Vista Bridge. Here is a list of everyone on the committee:
Denise Archer, Community Activist
Bill Failing, President, Oregon Historical Society
William Hawkins, FAIA
Bonnie Kahn, Art Business Coach
Chet Orloff, PSU
Richard Potestio, Architect
Donald Stastny, FAIA, FAIC
Patty Tillett, FAIA, FAICP
Mayor Bud Clark, Neighborhood Representative
Michael Molinaro, Architect
We will be meeting on a regular basis. I will keep everyone informed on the progress!
Ken and I are looking for opportunities to speak publicly about our process of creating our organization Friends of the Vista Bridge. We realize that our program’s success has been because of the willingness of the community to work together. We believe we can work with other communities to create similar programs. Please contact us.