Do-It-Yourself Lowell held its fourth annual Community Idea Summit on September 26, 2019 at which the group announced its four community-selected projects for 2020. Each project has its own action team that will work at its own pace and on its own schedule. Below are descriptions of the four projects along with the date, time and place that each group will meet. [This information is being cross-posted from the DIY Lowell website, so check that out for further details].
Underground Railroad Monument
Underground Railroad Monument will look at a potential short-term walking path with signs and long-term interpretive signs at key locations teaching about the anti-slavery movement and the underground railroad in Lowell. They’ll need folks good at fundraising, knowledgable about history, or connected with diverse communities to help!
Their first meeting is Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 6:30pm at Coffee and Cotton.
Open Art Spaces
Open Arts Spaces is DIY Lowell’s first Young Idea Project. They will identify a space or spaces for young people (ages 13-21) to explore visual or performing arts in a youth-focused environment with mentorship from local artists. They need input from young people, visual and performing artists, educators, and other community members who want to help make this idea happen!
Their first meeting is October 17 at 4:00 pm at Lowell Community Health Center, 6th floor Community Health Education Center, 161 Jackson Street, Lowell.
Ghost Sign Projections
Ghost Sign Projections will select three historic signs – maybe including the Lawrence Mills mural near the Riverwalk, the Coca-Cola sign downtown, and one other ghost sign to create a living projection. They’ll need people with knowledge of projector equipment, working with downtown building owners, and making animated art.
Their first meeting is Wednesday, October 23, time TBD at 491 Dutton Street.
Did You Know Signs for Lowell
Did You Know Signs for Lowell will work with community leaders to zip-tie temporary signs with facts about Lowell’s zoning, land use, and more to inspire people to think about how Lowell’s laws shape its community and become interested in local government.
The first meeting is being chosen by poll to be on Friday, October 18 or Friday, November 8 at 7 pm.