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…]
Work with Enel to create a temporary exhibit that is powered by waterpower. A streetlamp could be powered, or cell phone charging station, or maybe a LED sign that provides up-to-date information about the canal system. This could be a demonstration but also start a campaign for waterpower awareness of costs and benefits!
A special dining event! Use 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 (see link) [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.
Build a movable floating sculpture that would skim off and collect the trash floating in the canals and/or the rivers around the city of Lowell. Something along the lines of Mr. Trash Wheel in Baltimore. (see URL) It is essentially dumpster on a barge in the canal. Conveyer pulls floating trash out of canal. Powered [Read more…]
At regular intervals, members of our community get together and clean our city streets of trash and stuff. We make a site where people who want to help can get connected with these groups. High school students, Boys and Girls Club, Lowell residents, Canal Water Cleaners, and other community groups join together and clean our [Read more…]
Lets show what an artful town Lowell is by employing artists to design and paint in the spaces between the spaces on the crosswalks downtown. We could hold a forum for artists to submit ideas, vet them with public safely experts (visibility/materials) and then select the ideas to be implemented. City would need to collaborate [Read more…]
Nashua had an art project where 10 kitchen tables were painted and put around the community. These tables created a scene and could be used for picnics, kids’ play, or to provoke discussion. Sponsors would be sought to provide artist stipends and donated materials (old tables) would be used and given new life.
This would create a special theme that people from outside of the community would want to visit and "see them all" in special locations in Lowell that might be overlooked. They might provoke conversations, neighborhood residents could use them for picnics, and each table could represent a tradition in Lowell's [Read more…]
We make a network of backyard gardeners working with Mill City Grows and other community gardeners across Lowell. This network will share harvest, seeds, supplies, and skills. This network could include a seed bank and/or a tool bank. People learn to grow different crops in their backyard and that way they will have food that they can [Read more…]