"Its intention is to raise awareness of meditation in public, unite people from all backgrounds, cultures and faiths together and send positive intentions out to the world. We come together to celebrate our very real capacity to generate peace, already, in the here and now. This is the peace we [Read more…]
The Public Works departments of Cambridge, MA and St. Paul, MN have a Sidewalk Poetry Program that annually requests residents to submit original pieces of poetry to be stamped into fresh cement. A group of individuals then reviews the poems and select a few to be used. The cost of this program is minimal: the [Read more…]
Research backlit frames (lightboxes) and work with the City to install them in Leo Roy and/or other garages. These lightboxes could hold art by students or by artists; advertisements for local businesses; downtown directory; or other visual media. These boxes can be found to be vandal-proof and high-quality and be placed where electrical already exists [Read more…]
This would provide extra light and color, enhancing people's feeling of safety. It would encourage people to park in garages and walk around downtown. Most importantly, it would serve as a pilot for bigger changes in parking garages like large public art installations, colored lights, music, or other improvements that [Read more…]
A special dining event! Use Lower Locks, Lucy Larcom Park, or another canalside space to set up tables for one evening. Downtown visitors may order a special meal from one of several participating restaurants, and a waiter will bring the meal to the canalside table. It would be much like “Savor the Summit” Grande Table [Read more…]
This would bring additional exposure to downtown restaurants and to Lowell's underutilized canalside space. It might inspire more use from the former Sun printing building. People may try a new restaurant if it's in a fun new context and want to visit their bricks-and-mortar establishment if they like it.
A multicultural event in which people release small boats that carry small electric lanterns or candles into a canal inspired by similar ceremonies around the world. We would work with Massachusetts DCR and NPS to find the ideal location and choose easily-recoverable boats (to take out of the canal before they reach a dam or [Read more…]
This would bring more attention to one of Lowell's unique resources (the canals), perhaps draw visitors, and be an opportunity for people of Lowell's many cultures to mix. This would also give experience to the action team in working with the owners of the canals, and a small-scale project like [Read more…]