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.
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!
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 Signs Alive selected and researched multiple faded, historic painted advertisements throughout Lowell. As a pilot, they are illuminating the J.C. Ayer Co. sign on middle street with an animated projected recreation of the sign. They are selling custom-made soap inspired by Ayer Cherry Pectoral medicine and postcards to raise funds, with the hope to illuminate additional signs in the future.
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.
No Community Idea Summit occured in 2018, but an ad-hoc project was taken up by DIY Lowell volunteers:
These ideas were selected to be discussed at the 2017 Community Idea Summit. Working groups have completed or are currently making them happen!
In addition, an ad-hoc project was taken up by DIY Lowell volunteers starting planning in 2017:
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)
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.
In addition, an ad-hoc project was taken up by DIY Lowell volunteers last winter: