Together with Chelsea Prospers—the City of Chelsea's initiative for neighborhood vitality—artist, Carolyn Lewenbergand I, worked with a cohort of creative individuals and artists to install wheatpaste art pieces and painted murals in Chelsea, MA. As a part of this project, Carolyn and I hosted several workshops and one-on-one sessions to assist participants with their artmaking and design.
As a consultant for the City of Hull and ArtWalk property owner, I acted as a project manager and advisor for their joint venture Hull Art Walk & Garden.
Our goal was to innovatively connects two key commercial corridors while championing local artists. Before revitalization, the area was an overgrown, abandoned pedestrian walkway and parking lot off Nantasket Avenue. We transformed the space into a multi-faceted public art installation that now connects two key commercial corridors. Coming off of Nantasket Avenue, a large raised garden and gives way to nine large murals—eight on large wooden panels and one on the side of a building. In September, 2019, the Hull Economic Development Committee and the Board of Selectmen hosted a ceremonial opening of the Walk and Garden.
I was a founding member of Beyond Walls, a nonprofit dedicated to the activation of underused space to strengthen communities. Beyond Walls began as a grassroots effort to address pressing civic issues in downtown Lynn. It was originally founded to ensure that residents’ concerns and visions are at the center of the city’s continued development. Together we worked to dispel the historic narratives that surround Lynn while also working to champion the voice, integrity, and pride of Lynn’s residents.
While at Beyond Walls, I oversaw the organization's operations and fundraising. My main responsibilities included the design, organization, and management of their signature Mural Festival. For two seasons, I worked to bring together international, regional, and local artists to build community and celebrate Lynn. I also managed the Operations and Fundraising for the organization. I also assisted with several of the organization's other placemaking projects. Other projects included: the installation of lighting under three MBTA underpasses and the installation of over a dozen vintage neon pieces. I worked with several stakeholders including: community volunteers and residents, the City of Lynn, Raw Art Works, Lynn Arts, the Lynn Museum, local business and property owners, Mass Development, the Barr Foundation, DC35. In 2017, Beyond Walls won the Gateway Cities Award from MassInc.
While working at the Northampton Center for the Arts, I single-handedly initiated, developed, and produced a free town-wide drawing festival, which drew 250+ participants, a cohort of teaching artists, and volunteers. The Festival encouraged participants to try new forms of mark-making with alternative materials. Different activities were set up in several locations in downtown Northampton, MA.