Beginning June 18, Six Large-Scale Installations Created by Renowned Artists Will Celebrate the City’s Rich History, Diversity, & Culture
WHAT: Beyond Walls, one of the leading proponents of civic engagement and education through public art, in partnership with Nueva Esperanza, Inc. a community development and social services agency and pioneer in locally based programming, will honor Holyoke’s designation as a Puerto Rican Cultural District— as well as the city’s rich history and diversity— with the installation of five large-scale outdoor murals and one large-scale outdoor multimedia piece.
WHY: Holyoke is the first stop on Beyond Wall’s four-city 2022 Street Art Tour which includes the creation of 20 expansive murals over a four-month period. Throughout the summer, additional murals will be installed in Fall River, Lowell, and Lynn where Beyond Walls is based. To reinforce the initiative’s overarching goals and galvanize those who live, work, and visit each city, Beyond Walls has established new and expanded existing partnerships with nonprofit and educational organizations, municipal officials, businesses, the cultural communities unique to each location, and a corps of more than two dozen homegrown, regional, national, and international street artists.
Al Wilson, Founder and Executive Director, Beyond Wall
Cynthia Espinosa, Executive Director, Nueva Esperanza
Artists Bikismo, Bordalo II, Golden305, Don Rimx, David Zayas, Vero Rivera
WHEN: June 18-June 20 and June 25-June 29
Most of the work will take place during this time period, with artists in lifts and on ladders during the installations, painting on walls as tall as 100 feet high.
The Street Art Tour will take place in and around Holyoke’s Puerto Rican Cultural District/Main Street area, where Nueva Esperanza’s offices are located. The Beyond Walls satellite studio is located at 276 High Street near Holyoke’s City Hall where murals will also be installed.
- Don Rimx will create a three-story mural at 147 High Street
- David Zayas will create a mural at the Carriage House at 398 Main Street Street, in the Puerto Rican Cultural District
- Bordalo II will create a multimedia piece from recycled materials on a five-story building located at 44 Clemente Street
- Bikismo, Golden305, and Ange will create several murals at 387 Main Street