Current Projects

Each year, DIY Lowell volunteers start new projects. Many of these projects, such as Points of Light Lantern Celebration, take on a life of their own outside of DIY Lowell. This is our goal: each project is a small experiment that, if successful, leads the way to bigger changes in Lowell.

2019-20

Gateway to St. Anne's

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!

Teens working in studio

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!

Ghost sign projection

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.

Did You Know Sign

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.

 

Previous Projects

2018-19

No Community Idea Summit occured in 2018, but an ad-hoc project was taken up by DIY Lowell volunteers:

Midsummer Dream 2: Magical and Mysterious Creatures

2017-18

These ideas were selected to be discussed at the 2017 Community Idea Summit. Working groups have completed or are currently making them happen!

Rover the Riverhawk, the Lowell Trash Machine

Trash Awareness Project

Longest Day, Longest Table, a Rooftop Dining Event

Acre “Lowell Voices” Podcast

Green Rooftop Garden Demonstration

In addition, an ad-hoc project was taken up by DIY Lowell volunteers starting planning in 2017:

A Midsummer Dream on Merrimack Street

2016-17

These ideas were selected to be discussed at the 2016 Community Idea Summit. Working groups have completed or are currently making them happen! Click on each link for more information.

Points of Light Lantern Celebration (Completed 2017, ongoing spin-off)

Park(ing) Day Pop-Up Parklet (Completed 2016, ongoing spin-off)

Domestic Violence Survivor Gallery of Hope (Completed 2017)

Pop-Up Cinema (Completed 2018)

Dog Park Research and Event

Lowell Eats

2015-16

These ideas were selected to be discussed at the 2015 Community Idea Summit. Working groups have completed or are currently making them happen! Click on each link for more information.

Downtown Lowell History Trail

Planting Fruit Trees

Bus Stop Libraries

Lowell-Themed Artistic Bike Racks

View from the Hill

In addition, an ad-hoc project was taken up by DIY Lowell volunteers last winter:

Downtown Holiday Decorations