Welcome to DIY Lowell!

Chill Night is Just the Beginning!

Three weeks ago, we had the most amazing night that it’s taken us this long to recover! The 2019 Community Chill Night was a blast. We had over 80 people taste eleven chilis, learn about eight amazing community groups and individuals, participate in “Building Lowell” collaborative art, and finish the evening with ice cream and the Squires of Soul. Thank you so much to everyone who made this event possible, including chili cooks, volunteers, sponsors, and participants! Check out our photos here.

 

Chili Winners

Chili winners UTEC, Photo by Britt Boughner

Chili winners UTEC, Photo by Britt Boughner

We know you want to know who won if you haven’t heard already!

But every chili received plaudits, including the runners up…

…and last, but not least, Britt Boughner’s Christian Hill Chili Pods took home the amateur chili award Congratulations to all!

Photo by Jack Mitchell
Photo by Jack Mitchell

Community Awards

RISE Coalition receives their award, photo by Britt Boughner

RISE Coalition receives their award, photo by Britt Boughner

If you missed it, RISE Coalition was selected to receive the 2019 COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION AWARD for Welcoming Week Lowell! Among many events, including an outdoor film screening, the Welcoming Week planning committee and Enterprise Bank collaborated with youth engaged in organizations around the City to create panels of art to be displayed outside of the Merrimack St. Enterprise branch.

Artist Mary Hart won the 2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD for her dedication to DIY Lowell projects such as Downtown Winter Decoration and Midsummer Dream 2 Magical Festival. Mary embodies the DIY spirit even when not working on specific DIY events or projects – as she regularly and creatively promotes art and artists in the Lowell Area.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Community Chill Night, Photo by Britt Boughner

Community Chill Night, Photo by Britt Boughner

Star Sponsor Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
Super Sponsor Enterprise Bank

VIP Sponsors

  • D’Youville Health and Wellness Center
  • Felicia Sullivan
  • Gallagher & Cavanaugh
  • Greater Lowell Community Foundation
  • Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
  • Lowell Plan

Thanks also to…

Lowell Cultural Council for supporting this program in part by a grant. Lowell Cultural Counil is a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation, providing a generous grant for our new Young Ideas Project, that will engage young people in planning a special project or event they vote on.

Upcoming DIY Lowell Events

Keep track of events for all groups here! Groups can always use assistance getting their projects off the ground. Contact info@diylowell.org if you want to help out a group!

2019 Community Chill Night

The 2019 Community Chill Night is DIY Lowell’s third annual chili cook-off event! This annual fundraiser brings together the community to celebrate the projects and events that have activated our underused spaces, brought diverse populations together, and made Lowell better.

The event is Friday, March 1, 6:30 – 9:00 pm at St. Anne’s Church Edson Hall (8 Kirk Street).

Chili Contest

11 chilis and spicy stews are competing, and YOU get to decide who wins!

  1. Maria Dickinson’s Chicken and chorizo chili
  2. Suzz Cromwell’s Veggie Happiness
  3. Lowell Alliance‘s Vegan Chili (GF)
  4. Purple Carrot‘s Black bean and quinoa vegan chili
  5. Tavern in the Square‘s Firehouse Chili
  6. Warp and Weft‘s Caveman Chili
  7. Cafe UTEC‘s The Madd Love Chili
  8. Britt Boughner’s Christian Hill Chili Pods
  9. Joy Robinson’s Joy’s Spicy Chili
  10. Lowell Downtown Neighborhood Associations‘s Bourbon County Stout Chili
  11. D’Youville Life & Wellness‘s D’Youville Veggie Chili

Building Lowell

Participate in a collaborative art activity for both young and old, and decorate and color paper cut-outs of Lowell landmarks. These will be glued to a board overlapping one another, creating a fantastic Lowell skyline to be displayed at community events.

Community Transformation Award

RISE CoalitinoThe Lowell Coalition for Refugee and Immigrant Support and Engagement (RISE) will receive the annual Community Transformation Award to honor the creation of Welcoming Week Lowell. The Community Transformation Award is given to a group or individual that re-imagined or improved public space. Welcoming Week included artwork hung on the Merrimack Street Enterprise Bank fence, a Flag Parade, a South Common potluck picnic, an Immigrant History Walk, and several other events. RISE was nominated because the Welcoming Week event series is all about promoting inclusivity and integration among long standing community members and newer immigrant groups for a strong, vibrant, equitable and sustainable community.

We will present the award at 7:30 pm, along with a presentation about the runners-up, who have all made our public spaces more vibrant and inclusive:

  • The Kindred Project
  • Lowell CanalWater Cleaners
  • Humanity Boutique
  • Mary Hart
  • MJ Bujold
  • Made in Lowell
  • BRM Productions

Musical Performance

Squires of SoulWe’re proud to announce the Squires of Soul will be sharing their home-grown soul and funk music with us, starting around 8:00 pm!

Other Stuff

Finally, we’ll have a lot of other fun things throughout the evening:

  • Activities for all ages
  • Silent Auction for arts, crafts, and services with Community Themes!
  • DIY Lowell Idea Submission
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Our famous Do-it-Yourself Sundae bar

Thank You!

Thanks so much to our sponsors:

2019 Star ($500+)

Jeanne D'arc
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union

Super Sponsor ($200+)

  • Enterprise Bank

VIP ($100+)

  • D’Youville Life and Wellness Foundation
  • Gallagher & Cavanaugh
  • Lowell Plan

We Need Your Help!

We need your help in the following ways. Nominations and chili entries due February 15!

Award Nominations * Chili Entries * Sponsors * Volunteers


Nominate a Community Member or Group

We need nominations for people and groups you think have made a difference in making Lowell’s public spaces more vibrant, exciting, kid-friendly, colorful, walkable, or better! All nominees will get a mention in our award ceremony, and winners will get a $20 giftcard for individual and 10 volunteer hours for a group!

Nominate a Group


Submit a Chili or Stew Entry

This year, we’re hoping for a mix of cultural and ethnic stews with American chilis – anything tasty can compete! We are looking for all kinds: traditional and totally off the wall, meat or vegetable based—you name it. No cost to enter; categories for restaurants and individuals.

Enter a Chili


We have special sponsorship packages for $100, $200, and $500. Special perks for being a sponsor include VIP treatment for your organization, a banner at the event, and promotion on social media and on our mailing list.

Even if you aren’t from an organization, a donation would be a big help! After a year of Strategic Planning with our Advisory Committee, we’re kicking off a new era of DIY Lowell and raising funds to hire our first-ever part time Program Director. Donations big and small will help us reach our goal.

Click here to view our Sponsor Deck and email info@diylowell.org with expressions of interest.


Volunteer to Help Out

We need help setting up activities, counting chili ballots, scooping ice cream, and more! Please consider helping us out on March 1. Click on the button for a form with all volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer!