Call for Artists

DIY Lowell is offering a unique opportunity to showcase your art along the Centralville River Path! Seven pieces will be printed on 11.5’ x 2.25’ feather banner flags that will line the north side of the Merrimack River. Pieces will be jury selected. The art should embody themes of Centralville, the Merrimack River, or the Merrimack Valley. $150 stipend for right to use work, artist keeps original. Click the button below to download the full call for artists!

New art is not required–any works created in the last 10 years that fit the listed requirements are eligible!

Download the PDF for full information and submit entries to info@diylowell.org

DIY Lowell Sunset Showcase

The 1st Annual DIY Lowell Sunset Showcase fundraiser will be an evening for building community, and building funds, to support community-led projects. We will be sharing stories and news about our past, ongoing, and future projects on Gallagher and Cavanaugh‘s beautiful rooftop deck in downtown Lowell. Tickets are $50–or $150 for a business sponsorship with two tickets–and includes appetizers from local favorites Southern Twist and Powerhouse Juice. You’ll also be treated to beer, wine, and dessert.

Community Chill Night

Community Chill Night

The 2022 Community Chill Night is DIY Lowell’s fourth annual chili and stew cook-off event! After two COVID years off, we’re back with music, games, community awards, and a DIY “Chilly” Dessert! Our goal is to build community in Lowell by bringing together young people and elders, downtown and neighborhoods, townies and newcomers. This annual fundraiser celebrates the projects and events that have activated our underused spaces, brought diverse populations together, and made Lowell better. Check out the Community Chill Night page to donate/RSVP, nominate an individual or group as Volunteer of the Year and for the Community Transformation Award, register a chili/stew contest entry, volunteer, and more!

Give Us Five!

Give Us Five - for DIY Lowell

We help people of all backgrounds and ages build community, learn civic skills, and create fun projects. This summer, we’re asking you to give us five! How do you do that? First, donate $5 (or any amount you’d like) by clicking on the button below. Then, give us a virtual high-five on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by telling us why you donated with a short selfie video or a couple lines of text and the above graphic. Why is building community important during this time?

Finally, pass the high-five to a few friends by tagging them. Don’t forget to use #GiveUsFiveDIY and tag @diylowell and include the link to https://diylowell.org – Help us reach our $2,000 goal!



Or use the following form to set up a monthly, recurring donation via Paypal:

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Temporary, Part-Time Summer Positions Open: Do-it-Yourself Lowell Street Team Member

(Click here for PDF Job Description, 162 kb)

Do-it-Yourself Lowell is a grassroots organization that helps community members learn how to make small projects and events happen together. Over the summer, we ask people in Lowell for community project ideas. Next, anyone who pledges to help out can vote for their favorites. The winning ideas are discussed at a summit in late July. After the summit, DIY Lowell helps community member teams make the projects happen.

Lowell is a big place, and we need help reaching out to Lowell’s diverse community to get people’s ideas and get them involved in the project. We know there are great ideas in every part of the city, we want to get as many folks involved as possible, and we want to get people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds working together. As a Street Team member, you will work as a team, learning and creating different marketing methods to reach out to the community and ask them to participate. Open to students and adults.

Responsibilities

Job is 5 hours/week from August 2 to September 30. Applicants must be available at least 1 weeknight and 1 weekend day a week.

  • Team Orientation and Meetings: Attend a short orientation and bi-weekly meetings to discuss outreach strategies and tasks
  • Community Tabling: As a team, reach out to events to reserve a table, manage a DIY Lowell table at community events, speaking to strangers with confidence, providing information about DIY Lowell, listening to their ideas and questions, and encouraging them to participate in DIY Lowell
  • Small Group Engagement: Contact groups such as neighborhood groups, community organizations, and churches via email and phone to set up meetings and speak to groups
  • Social Media: Maintain DIY Lowell’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, sharing submitted ideas, photos, and project examples from Lowell and other towns
  • Other Outreach: Work as a team to manage additional marketing as assigned, including posting flyers around town, taking pictures, contacting media, and other creative strategies
  • Logistic Support: Provide logistical support for summit event, including help with planning and setup

Qualifications

  • Ability to confidently interact with a wide variety of people in Lowell across a spectrum of backgrounds and ages-those with bilingual abilities are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Comfort with public speaking to both small groups and one-on-one
  • Knowledge and skill using a variety of social media outlets
  • Availability and willingness to travel to events in Lowell on evenings and weekends
  • Enthusiasm and interest in DIY Lowell’s goals
  • Responsibility, self-motivation, and organization
  • Willingness to encourage your personal network to participate in DIY Lowell a plus (this could include your family, neighborhood, school friends, or colleagues)

Benefits

  • $14/hour stipend
  • Excellent resume builder for community engagement, marketing,and event planning
  • Work collaboratively in a fun environment with another Street Team members, DIY Lowell founders, and others
  • Good opportunity to network within the Lowell community and meet people from many organizations and professional groups
  • Sick time accrued at 1 hour/30 hours worked

Please submit a resume and cover letter to info@diylowell.org. Deadline: July 26, 2021, 5:00pm. Applications must include both resume and cover letter.

DIY Lowell is a grassroots group dedicated to helping community members make small-scale projects and events happen together. It connects people with ideas to funding, technical assistance, and most importantly to one another. Coalition for a Better Acre (CBA) is DIY Lowell’s fiscal agent. CBA is a Lowell-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency. DIY Lowell is an equal opportunity employer.

Happy New Year from DIY!

DIY Lowell wants to wish everyone an amazing 2021! There are so many things we missed last year–being able to gather and plan in person, all our community festivals and events like Points of Light and Folk Festival, and being able to meet with friends at restaurants and pubs. However, one thing we didn’t miss was Lowell’s amazing support!

Thanks to the community, we:

Image of Ghost Sign IlluminatedWant to help us out?

Check out the Ghost Signs Alive fundraiser on the Lowell Virtual Market the team is selling limited edition soap inspired by Ayer’s Cherry Pectoral and hand-crafted by Red Antler Apothecary and five distinctive postcards designed by the team–from a single postcard for $1.50 for a $15 for an entire gift basket.

Consider joining the Advisory Committee (link pdf) by emailing info@diylowell.org with interest.

Sign up for our mailing list to stay informed of all our activities and opportunities.

Thank you!

The Great Lowell Café Crawl!

Note: You may still donate, but the Great Lowell Re-Opening Café Crawl is over–stay tuned for the winners!

Great Lowell Re-Opening Cafe Crawl

Want to support local business and DIY Lowell at once? Join us on the Great Lowell Re-Opening Café Crawl!

For a $20 donation, you’ll receive a Café Crawl Card and two special thank-you stickers in the mail. When you present your card to a participating café, they will check off their name on the card and give you a special (cafés and specials listed below), limit one special per card per café.

  • Customers are limited to one special per café per card.
  • Share a photo on Twitter or Instagram at each café you visit tagging @diylowell and #diylowellcafecrawl to be entered into a weekly raffle for gift cards from participating cafés and more pulled each Saturday in November.
  • Email a photo of your card with as many punches you can get before Nov. 30, because each punch will count as a raffle entry for you in our FINAL RAFFLE on Dec. 1.
  • Cafe Crawl Card and two stickersIf your card is filled up with punches from every café, you’re entered into the grand prize: naming a drink for a week at Brew’d Awakening!

What are you waiting for? Donate with major credit cards or with a Paypal account by clicking the button below (donation is made secure via Paypal’s system but you can use any payment method)–make sure to share your current mailing address in so we can mail you the stickers and card! You may also pay by check with the instructions here. Don’t forget to email your mailing address to us at info@diylowell.org if you send a check.

Participating Restaurants

Brew’d Awakening61 Market St., Lowell, MA 01852$2 off a purchase of $5 or more
Coffee and Cotton250 Jackson St., 4th floor, Lowell, MA 01852  One free medium drip coffee (hot or iced) with any food purchase
Gallery Z167 Market St., Lowell, MA 01853 Coming soon!
Little Delights Bakery132 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852Free Cupcake with purchase
Panela Restaurant7 Hanover St., Lowell, MA 01850Free hot Colombian chocolate, in-store or to-go, when you order any breakfast item
Purple Carrot Bread Co. 107 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01852Free medium coffee hot or iced with purchase of $3 or more
Rosie’s Café155 Middlesex St., #1B, Lowell, MA 01852Medium coffee + muffin for $5.00 (save 50 cents)
The Worthen House Café141 Worthen St., Lowell, MA 0185250% off one appetizer
Wham’s Café737 Lakeview Ave, Lowell, MA 01850Free Kahawa Coffee or Soda Can with each order or $1.00 off a 16oz or 24oz Smoothie or Frappe

Special thanks to all participating restaurants and to the DIY Lowell Advisory Committee for organization and support.

Centralville River Path Vision

Helping Centralville Connect by Improving the River Path

The Centralville River Path project is a multi-year initiative to improve the riverside path in Centralville between Bridge Street and Aiken Street–and its entrances at Gold Star Park and near the Ouellette Bridge. Over 2021, DIY Lowell advanced several community outreach efforts, including working with “Stitching Urban Fabric” for pro-bono landscape design services, to envision a welcoming, safe, and fun pedestrian and bicycle path. The vision was phased, with the intent that DIY Lowell would undertake short-term pop-up improvements in 2022, and larger interventions would start in 2023.

Community engagement has been an integral part of the process and a driving force behind the design. Initial input gathered from an online survey was used to develop
three different design concepts for the path and trailheads. The community then provided feedback on those concepts at two pop-up public meetings and a second online survey. The concept was vetted at a final public meeting in Spring 2022. The result was a captivating vision of a clean, safe path with bold entrance signage, signature pergolas, ecologically friendly pollinator gardens, selected invasive removal, and ADA-accessibility. You can view the entire concept document–including short-term and long-term plans here. (PDF, 17 MB)

DIY Lowell is now raising funds toward a $20,000 goal and a $40,000 stretch goal for the quick-build demonstration improvements outlined in the document. Use the button below to donate to the River Path project, or email info@diylowell.org if you know of a grant or sponsorship opportunity!

It won’t end there! We are proud to work with Lowell Litter Krewe, who will lead the creation of permanent improvements over 2023 with funding secured by the State Delegation. They’re going to work hand-in-hand with us and the community that uses this amazing resource making the vision a reality!

You can still help! Join our mailing list if you want to know about future clean ups and other opportunities. Please email us at info@diylowell.org if you want to be involved in any other way.

Map of River Path
Map of the River Path, with Blue Star Park labeled “Bridge St. Entrance”

Email info@diylowell.org with any questions or comments.

THE RIVER PATH project facilitation is funded by the Solomon Foundation’s Streets for Recovery program.