New Call for Art – Sign Panels!

DIY Lowell is seeking art for pylon signs at the trailheads of the Centralville River Path! Artists of all types are encouraged to apply. The selected work will be printed on three panels that will be installed on a temporary sign and, eventually, a permanent sign. The panels will wrap around the sign as in the illustrations (the area colored orange is the area for the artwork).

Please reference the graphic below for the full call for art or download a PDF of the call for art here.

Executive Director Search

DIY Lowell wishes to share an exciting opportunity: we are hiring for a new Executive Director Position!

The Executive Director will be the Chief Executive Officer of DIY Lowell. This is a new position with the opportunity to help our small organization grow and become sustainable. The Executive Director will report to the Advisory Committee, a 13-member volunteer board. The Executive Director will assume leadership of the organization and will focus on program facilitation, fundraising and finance, outreach, and strategic planning.

This position is ideal for candidates who wish to become immersed in the City of Lowell’s thriving arts and multicultural community. Candidates interested in community development, nonprofit administration, and/or all-ages civic engagement education are especially encouraged to apply.  This position is partially grant-funded, and continued employment will depend on continued fundraising.

To apply, please review the full job description (PDF) and submit a resume and cover letter to info@diylowell.org. Applications must include both resume and cover letter.

Now Hiring Executive Director: 20 hours/week, work with youth and the community, help grow our organization!

2023 Community Chill Night

The 2023 Community Chill Night is DIY Lowell’s fifth annual chili and stew cook-off event! Experience music, games, community awards, and a DIY “Chilly” Dessert fun for everyone! 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!

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.