The Public Art Salon: Bees!

Color the honey bee and support the bill!

Join us for The Public Art Salon on Thursday 27 and support Bee Positive Legislation! We’ll have postcards available to color, personalize, and mail in support of MA State bills that limit neonicotinoids!

We will be joined by Beverly Bees for a Hive Demonstration at (around) 4:30 to learn about bees, and bee-positive legislation and actions!

We will also be:

  • Building the Community Table
  • Making Mosaics
  • Painting
  • Face Art
  • Designing the Reading Nook
  • Making Friends!

Learn more about the effects of neonicotinoids and the proposed bills below:

If you can’t join us this Thursday – contact your rep to support House Bill H.2113 / Senate Bill SD.2236 and find out more: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H2113

Make YOUR Pinwheel!

Pinwheel Making Workshops every Tuesday in April 6-8pm at 10 Derby Square! Join us! (space is limited)mwm_invitation to participate_Page_1

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We’re excited to introduce Move With Me, this year’s participatory community art installation for the Salem Arts Festival.

We invite participants to connect to Salem’s continued legacy of sailing by creating pinwheels from sailcloth donated by Doyle Sailmakers, a local institution since 1982! We use the wasted bits and left over pieces to create pinwheels playfully reminiscent of power-generating turbines.

Participants connect to distant cultures by taking time to draw out cultural patterns from across the world, directly onto the sailcloth with permanent markers to withstand the rain.

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Choose a country you’d like to represent, dig up a cultural pattern, textile or motif and draw it on a sailcloth square! (Contact us for pinwheel kits.) The pinwheels lightly touch Front Street and are made of mostly recycled materials.

The multiple pinwheels above Front Street, like a movable quilt of cultural patterns, will embody the communal movement and connection of cultures across waters and land from the past to now, moving in confluence when the wind is just right.

In the months leading to the festival on June 3-5, Claudia and others will lead workshops to color and make these pinwheels. Join her at 10 Derby Square every Tuesday in April from 6-8pm!

Deadline to receive your sailcloth square(s): April 30th
Deadline to contribute your colored square(s): May 31st

CONTACT US!

Move With Me is led by Claudia Paraschiv, local architect, public artist, and founder of Salem Public Space Project. In 2014 she led the participatory project HulaArt over Artists Row. Last year, local fiber artist Kate Babcock led Front Yard Street Art. Leslie Lavesque and the Phoenix School students have been instrumental in the development of these community art projects. A big thank you to Kylie Sullivan of Main Streets for enabling it all and John Andrews of Creative Salem for documenting it all!

Mary Jane Lee Park Clean Up Day

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Informal conversations and a lot of clean up at the park

Saturday, August 30th, from nine to noon the community joined Friends of Mary Jane Lee Park and cleaned up the park! We sifted sand, removed graffiti, pulled weeds, raked grass, and of course, picked up trash. In addition to residents, we were joined by Councilpersons William Legault, at large, and Heather Famico, Ward 2.

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Some of the women of Friends of Mary Jane Lee Park, who organized the clean-up.

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After the clean-up, participants line up for pizza, juice, and cookies.

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Heather Famico, Ward 2 Councilwoman, was impressed with the cleaning efforts of her two young helpers!

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Sand sifting: sounds easier than it is!

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Nature needed a little trim too.

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Doreen Thomas, president of Friends of Mary Jane Lee Park, sure knows how to orchestrate!

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Linda Locke, Friends of Mary Jane Lee Park, welcomes Councilman Bill Legault to the effort.

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Helpers, and posters, brooms galore.

There was plenty of conversation too about the future of the park, especially since the City of Salem recently obtained a grant for a new splash-pad – a water based sculpture where children (and adults) will be able to play. You may have seen the Ring Fountain on the Boston Greenway that draws crowds on summer days. Residents have ideas about the shape and location of the welcome addition.

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Participants look at splash pad examples.

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Zena, Friends of Mary Jane Lee Park, points out her favorite spalsh pad in Albion Park, Somerville.

Have you been to any of these splash-pads around Boston?

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Reality and Imagination at Palmer Street Lot

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A great deal of imagination is still needed for the Palmer Street lot as it remains in a legal tangle. Last fall, we gathered over 90 suggestions of what residents hope the Palmer Lot will become in the future. It is still uncertain since its owner is still nowhere to be found, but retains the right to his property since it is current on all taxes, thanks to the mortgage company. Now, it stands, still colorful, with “community” as its tagline, but a bit of a relic before its time. As noted above: imagination is sorely needed! (and perhaps some legal knowledge wouldn’t hurt!)

April PNA Meeting

Commitment Cards to Improve the Point!

Commitment Cards to Improve the Point!

The April Neighborhood meeting was a collaboration between the Point Neighborhood Association, the North Shore Community Development Coalition, and multiple local organizations, institutions, and citizens to commit to improving the neighborhood by taking concrete steps to implement the Point Neighborhood Visioning Plan, completed last year.

Some precise accomplishments and next steps discussed include:

  • The Point will be on the National Register for Historic Places
  • Enhance the existing four parks in the neighborhood
  • The grant towards a splash pad – an interactive water play fountain – was announced. It will be located in Mary Jane Lee Park.
  • Employ park ambassadors to enrich the park aesthetics and experience for residents
  • Community gardens to stimulate, foster, and enhance stewardship
  • Enhance the diversity and quantity of affordable housing
  • An analysis of Shetland Park Businesses
  • More bilingual workshops at the NSCDC
  • Work to devise strategies for improving business opportunities along the two main corridors: Congress and Lafayette Streets
  • Celebrate the history of the neighborhood

Of the attendees, it seems like about half were Point residents, while the others were interested parties representing institutions and organizations. Bringing these great ideas, initiatives, and discussions to more residents remains a significant step to take. There are a lot opportunities for creative engagement in the community from the business and entrepreneurial to the artistic – get in touch if you want to be part of any of these endeavors!

ENGAGE! at Boston’s Design Week

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ENGAGE is a series of short but powerful presentations by Boston area designers thinking, acting, and designing to…. engage!

Join if you’re in town! Free and open to the public 6pm in the BSA Space, 290 Congress Street.

SPSP is so happy to share some of our stories – we’re honored to be part of a great lineup!

Architecture for Humanity Boston
Artforming + Wentworth Institute of Technology – Center for Community + Learning Partnerships
Boston Architectural College – Gateway projects
CBA Landscape Architects
Klopfer Martin Design Group
MassArt – Community Build Studio
Rudy Bruner Design Award + Bruner Foundation
Salem Public Space Project
Sasaki Associates
Studio G Architects
Studio Luz Architects
Sustainability Guild International
Utile
Yayasan Kota Kita + Harvard GSD

How to HulaArt!

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HulaArt canopy over Artists’ Row? Indeed!

Be a HulaArtist at the Salem Art Festival 2014, June 6-8. Info here and photos courtesy of Social Palates of the Phoenix School students workshopping these hoops of art to help us understand the best way to transform recycled and found objects into HulaArt!

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A Lot of Suggestions

ReImagine The Panels for spspThe results are in, and the top suggestions are:

Community Garden 11 votes
Community Center 10 votes
Community Movie Theatre 8 votes
Music Center for Children 4 votes
Fun 4 votes
Skate Park 4 votes
Teen / Youth Center 4 votes

Most of the suggestions were unique, but generally related, so we tried out some categories to see if some of the desires can be combined, or could complement each other. There is space for imagination even on such a small lot!

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Practically all of the suggestion spaces were filled with the practical, whimsical, provocative, and everything in between. What is your favorite suggestion of what this small lot in the heart of the densely populated Point neighborhood could be? What is missing? View suggestions more closely in the photos below and here with:  A Lot of Suggestions diagrammed.

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Kids Photograph A Lot in week 6!

Stumped! Colorful seats at the lot

Stumped! Colorful seats at the lot

As kids take turns to photograph the lot three discrete themes emerge: details, portraits, and action shots. Above are the tree stump seats they finished painting today. They add a colorful punch against the brown lot. These were the focus today – and one striking detail: the red against the fall tree canopies.

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The action shots

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Ana Nuncio from the House of Seven Gables came for a visit

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ReImagine A Lot! Week 4

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This Friday marks four weeks of building at the Palmer Street Lot – same time, same place, every week. Our actions slowly become a Friday afternoon habit as the physical form of the community wall takes shape. Many have helped out, either with the support of materials or with the support of their time and hands: building, painting, digging. This help has come from all ages, often unsolicited from people as they walk by the project, curious as to what it will be, with a desire to help create. Lessons and stories abound. One neighborhood girl told me of how she stopped a couple young boys from playing target practice with the wall, since after all, she helped paint it. My heart fluttered at this evidence of her taking ownership of the project. I am amazed that people want to help without even fully realizing what the “final product” will be; especially enthusiastic are the small children who have unbounded desire and energy to help create something tangible. I Imagine info poster_Week 04_Page_2

While the final product will prompt residents to “imagine what this lot could be” in the future, this work has already transformed what the empty lot currently is. During the summer, I lamented the lot’s wasted state, particularly since it is located across from the much used Mary Jane Lee Park. The lot lay useless, and in stark contrast to the park’s bustling activity. Now, it is no longer fallow ground, the site of a demolition, and bits of trash. The use value is exponential, and for now, the lot operates at full potential. I Imagine info poster_Week 04_Page_3
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Week 4 at the Palmer Street Lot, saw much progress: the NSCDC Youth Build team, nine strong, helped out: they applied the orange chalkboard paint on the front 48 foot wall, they began making the stencils to prompt community participation, and they installed the back panels that will soon be transformed into a community mural. Neighborhood children helped paint the tree trunk chairs, and were inspired by Jackson Pollack in painting the future community bulletin board. This week, we also hosted the first event at the lot: The Point Neighborhood Association meeting (more on that later); for now, scroll down and see some of the photos as the Point ReImagines what this Lot can be: I Imagine info poster_Week 04_Page_5 I Imagine info poster_Week 04_Page_6 I Imagine info poster_Week 04_Page_7