Ghosts of Lynn, Q&A, chapter 3!

We thought we'd branch out a little bit with our blog series so we could hear from a variety of Lynners as we continue to fundraise [DONATE HERE] for the "Public Art 4.0 Ghosts of Lynn" project. This week we spoke with Sarah of Sarah J Consulting, which is based right here in downtown Lynn. Read on to learn what Sarah J had to say!

What brought you to Lynn?
My now-husband/then-boyfriend had just purchased a condo in downtown Lynn.

What is your personal favorite public art installation?
One of my favorites is installations done by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who drape massive amounts of fabric over mountains and landscapes.

What was your reaction when the big photos first appeared?

Lynn Lynn City of Sin, ignore it or embrace it?
Embrace it!

Starry Night or The Scream?
Starry Night


Surrounded Island by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Surrounded Island by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

2014 Mural Project-Lynn, Mass

The Downtown Lynn Cultural District is happy to announce the 2014 Mural Project. The collective members of the District include a broad range of community organizations including the City of Lynn, the Office of Community Development, Centerboard, the Lynn Museum, LynnArts Inc., and Raw Art Works. 

The DTLCD invites artists to apply for a series of public art projects. These murals, showcased in the Cultural District,  newly dedicated by the Mass Cultural Council, will be an integral component to the redevelopment of Downtown Lynn.

Thanks to a grant awarded by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) , the District will select four mural projects. Each of the four artists (or artist teams) will receive a $2500 honorarium.

Deadline for Submission Proposals is January 6, 2014. 

To download a PDF of the RFP, click here.



Urban Art and Culture

Here at Centerboard, we have noticed that there has been a renewed interest in using art and culture to build stronger communities in urban areas across the country.  In this economy there is not much else for Urban Planners to point to in their revitalization plans, other than art.  Business growth is still sluggish and therefore new jobs are not easily created.

It is our belief that arts and culture projects need to be more than a page in a proposal submitted to the city council. As communities search for competitive advantages they look at what assets they already possess and utilize those assets in the best possible manner. 

What is unspoken in these discussions is that arts and culture programs are relatively cheap in comparison to wholesale urban building and redevelopment. Investing in art initiatives bring together the creative minds of artists and entrepreneurs and promotes outside the box thinking that is needed in times of a prolonged economic slow down.

Lynn has many positive assets. Of course we all know that we have the ocean, Gannon Golf course, Lynn Woods, cool architecture, amazing history and a dense downtown core that is easily accessible via public transportation. The city also has amazing organizations filled with dedicated people who are capitalizing on these assets and creating momentum that will propel the city onto the arts and culture map. As this happens, Lynn will enjoy the draw of people to the city. Whether to a restaurant, an art opening or to see live theater or a historical exhibit, these people will breathe new life into downtown, bringing their spending power with them. Pretty soon existing businesses will begin to flourish and new businesses will open which both lead to job creation. This is the essence of the creative economy.

So the time is now to get on board with the creative train in Lynn! The revival is happening and great things wait in the future. As all of our inner promoters know, the best way to spread the word is to speak the word! Word of mouth has been and always will be the strongest marketing tool out there. So we say to you, come visit downtown Lynn and check out the scene. Tell your friends and bring them too. We have developed a little saying around here and it goes like this. “That’s right, we said Lynn!”


Public Art 3.0, Central Square downtown Lynn.  Artist: Adam Miller

Public Art 3.0, Central Square downtown Lynn. 
Artist: Adam Miller