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Advancing Our Mission

Activating space to strengthen communities by using art, design and planning to improve how people engage with and feel about their built environment.  We seek to have an impact that fosters improvement in the economic, social and civic life of communities by creating more open, active, and accessible spaces that are welcoming and appealing to people from all backgrounds and generations.

Serving Cities, Towns, and People

We serve cities and towns where there are changes due to the loss of industry, shifts in population, or where there is underutilized infrastructure.  We serve people, civic leaders, and business owners who want to work together to manifest the power of art, design, and planning to tie the heritage of the past to the potential of the future.

Delivering Epic Art and Designed Spaces

Activating space creates activities that engage people of all ages, virtually and in-person.  Our strengths lies in our ability to enact a community’s shared vision by connecting and using the talents and
priorities of people, civic leaders, business owners, and artists. We leverage 
a network of outsized resources to enhance the
communities we work with to design and implement plans effectively and efficiently.

Mission

The mission of Beyond Walls is to activate space to strengthen communities. Activating space involves creating epic artistic public installations. Strengthening communities involves increasing both economic development and civic engagement.

Vision

Beyond Walls envisions a world where everyone has access to safe, accessible and beautiful public spaces. We believe that public art and creative expression is a universal right that should be enjoyed by everyone from all walks of life.

Values

Beyond Walls maintains its core values of Innovation, Passion, Collaboration, Diversity, and Excellence. We also know that the kids are our future, so we share these values with the youth interns, volunteers and participants that we involve in all of our projects.

Past Projects

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Retrolit

Retrolit

RETROLIT Retrolit was born out of a community-driven desire for making the walk around downtown more interesting and enjoyable. Merging art, history and technology, Beyond Walls restored and installed 12 former vintage neon signs turned light-emitting pieces of artwork from the collection of Dave Waller of Brickyard VFX. These vibrant artifacts of classic commercial Americana […]

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Lynn Lights on the MBTA Underpass

Lynn Lights on the MBTA Underpass

LYNN LIGHTS Beyond Walls, aligned partners and volunteers installed “Lynn Lights” in 2018 in response to community feedback for more lighting downtown. Together, we implemented 16,000 square feet of dynamic LED Lighting under three dark underpasses of the underlit overhead rail line that transects downtown Lynn. Our team of in kind and pro-bono partners delivered a community […]

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Wash and Fold

Wash and Fold

CALL TO ACTION In response to the ongoing pandemic and in keeping with our mission — activating public spaces to strengthen communities — Beyond Walls recognized the need for flexible outdoor spaces where people can safely gather, eat, drink, and enjoy all that their communities have to offer. With pro-bono design services provided by our […]

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ABOUT US

Our Mission and Vision

We introduce public art and curated experiences into the fabric of our communities by partnering with local community members and experts to design, produce and manage.

From Our Blog

THREE GUARDIANS BRIGHTEN WASHINGTON ST.

THREE GUARDIANS BRIGHTEN WASHINGTON ST.

BY ANTHONY CAMMALLERI| September 18, 2022 Salem artist Anna Dugan works on her mural, The Three Guardians, on Washington Street in Lynn as part of Beyond Walls’ 2022 Street Art Tour. (Spenser Hasak) LYNN — Local art non-profit Beyond Walls, which works to utilize public spaces as canvasses for local artists, wrapped up its 2022 Street Art […]

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Beyond Walls Brings Large-Scale Murals To Lynn

Beyond Walls Brings Large-Scale Murals To Lynn

Photo: Brooke McCarthy / WBZ News Radio LYNN (WBZNewsRadio) – Lynn-based Beyond Walls is wrapping up their four city street-art tour at home in Lynn. “This is four artists on a really large wall blending their styles together.” Al Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Walls said. The artists are tackling an 80 X 60 […]

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Considering Construction Careers, Underrepresented Boston Teens Build Inhabitable Sculpture

Considering Construction Careers, Underrepresented Boston Teens Build Inhabitable Sculpture

A curvy public installation is the culminating project for nonprofit Digital Ready’s apprentices By Johanna Knapschaefer A group of Black and Latino Boston teenagers designed and fabricated BeND, a curvy public inhabitable installation as part of the nonprofit Digital Ready’s Architecture & Construction Pathway. Photo Courtesy of Parke MacDowell September 2, 2022 Blazing sunshine beating down […]

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ArtUp Lowell: Bringing vitality and opportunity to our city through art

ArtUp Lowell: Bringing vitality and opportunity to our city through art

By ARTUP LOWELL | Special to The Sun PUBLISHED: August 24, 2022 at 8:43 p.m. | UPDATED: August 24, 2022 at 10:11 p.m. Lowell’s landscape is about to dramatically change. This month, over just two weeks’ time, eight muralists, from Lowell and around the globe, will produce large-scale works of art in city neighborhoods through the creative placemaking initiative ArtUp […]

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Eye on Art: Street Art Tour 2022 in Lowell on next leg of journey

Eye on Art: Street Art Tour 2022 in Lowell on next leg of journey

By NANCYE TUTTLE | PUBLISHED: August 10, 2022 at 3:53 p.m. | UPDATED: August 10, 2022 at 3:53 p.m. Lowell is the latest Massachusetts city to showcase the Beyond Walls’ Street Art Tour 2022. The venture, which includes the creation of more than 20 large-scale murals over a four-month period, will arrive in Lowell on Sunday, Aug. 14, followed by […]

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Beyond Walls expands work to three additional Mass. cities

Beyond Walls expands work to three additional Mass. cities

Erika Tarantal    Anchor/Reporter WATCH VIDEO FALL RIVER, Mass. — The entire side of the buildings in Fall River has been used as painting canvases. Several new murals were recently put up meant to catch the eye, start conversations, and draw visitors. One of the mural artists responsible is Greg Pennisten who grew up on the […]

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Viva Fall River is bringing new life to blank walls. Three new murals are in progress.

Viva Fall River is bringing new life to blank walls. Three new murals are in progress.

Dan Medeiros The Herald News FALL RIVER — The city is getting a lot more colorful, and Viva Fall River couldn’t be happier. The nonprofit community organization is sponsoring the painting of three large murals in and around downtown Fall River, and on Friday invited the community to a “View and Chew” — a chance to see local and […]

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‘View and Chew’ food truck events to ring in Fall River’s new murals

‘View and Chew’ food truck events to ring in Fall River’s new murals

Herald News staff FALL RIVER — It’ll be a colorful and fun-filled July in Fall River. The Fall River Arts and Culture Coalition and Viva Fall River invite the community to participate in free events celebrating Viva Murals. This effort will see the completion of three new murals in the city by the end of […]

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KABOOM: BEYOND WALLS IS COOKING IN LYNN

KABOOM: BEYOND WALLS IS COOKING IN LYNN

KABOOM: BEYOND WALLS IS COOKING IN LYNN BY ANTHONY CAMMALLERI| July 10, 2022 (Owen O’Rourke) LYNN — Local non-profit Beyond Walls, which focuses on strengthening urban communities through parks and public areas, announced Sunday that it will collaborate with national playground construction non-profit KABOOM to expand its work in the city with a renovation of Cook Street […]

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Free Community Events in July Celebrate Creation of 3 New Murals in Fall River

Free Community Events in July Celebrate Creation of 3 New Murals in Fall River

July 7, 2022 By mikesilvia   Get ready for a colorful and fun-filled July in Fall River! The Fall River Arts & Culture Coalition (FRACC) and Viva Fall River invite the community to participate in 4 free events celebrating Viva Murals. This effort will see the completion of 3 new murals in the City by […]

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Testimonials
Tim Cummings Director of Economic Development (Nashua, NH)

I’ve enjoyed working with Beyond Walls over the last year. So very often as a city employee we are tasked with solving unique problems and challenges and it is a struggle to find resources and partners that you have confidence in that they will truly help or ‘get it’ In my experience, I have found […]

Tim Cummings Director of Economic Development (Nashua, NH)
Tim Cummings Director of Economic Development (Nashua, NH)
Parke MacDowell  AIA / Associate, Fabrication Manager at Payette

I have worked with Beyond Walls since 2016, lending design expertise and visualization to support community-led  initiatives. I am most impressed by the group’s ability to execute meaningful community-enhancement projects while  negotiating challenging social, regulatory, and logistical constraints. Big ideas underpin the organization, but it’s the delivery of this vision which defines the group’s success. […]

Parke MacDowell AIA / Associate, Fabrication Manager at Payette
Parke MacDowell AIA / Associate, Fabrication Manager at Payette
Jim Healey  Strategic Account Manager

United Rentals has been the proud partner with Beyond Walls and the communities they work in since 2017. What started as a one piece equipment rental to get their mural project off and running has now evolved into so much more. United Rentals was proud to be a small part of a solution in their […]

Jim Healey Strategic Account Manager
Jim Healey Strategic Account Manager
Sarah McKenna  Lynn Public Schools & LEAP 4 Education

Beyond Walls has been an incredible community partner to work with over the past year. I began working with Beyond Walls last fall (2019) when I brought my Thurgood Marshall Middle School students on a mural tour. Several of my students stated that it was their favorite memory from last school year. Then, at the […]

Sarah McKenna Lynn Public Schools & LEAP 4 Education
Sarah McKenna Lynn Public Schools & LEAP 4 Education

There are people who can create great art. There are people who can inspire and uplift a community. There are people who can work in a consummately professional manner. There are people who can identify and solve real problems, in a timely way, and in solving them engage and teach young people. There are people […]

Richard Henderson Chief Real Estate Officer, MBTA Former EVP Real Estate, MassDevelopment
Richard Henderson Chief Real Estate Officer, MBTA Former EVP Real Estate, MassDevelopment

I have been impressed and inspired by what Beyond Walls has contributed to the City of Lynn in such a short time. It is so much more than the works of public art that illuminate downtown Lynn. It has brought people together from all walks of life and shined a spotlight on what many of […]

Congressman Seth Moulton, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts
Congressman Seth Moulton, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts
Andrea Baez  Senior Branch Executive, Lynn YMCA

There are not enough words to explain the gratitude the Lynn YMCA has for transforming our playground AND giving our youth and staff the opportunity to experience art as it took place. The Beyond Walls programming with artists was amazing day for everyone, and exactly what everyone needed with remote learning an COVID fatigue hitting […]

Andrea Baez Senior Branch Executive, Lynn YMCA
Andrea Baez Senior Branch Executive, Lynn YMCA

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the Beyond Walls team; learning more about their work, and the depth and breadth of projects currently underway in the City. I especially appreciate their approach in engaging the City’s youth in all of the work that they do, whether it is evocative public art installations, placemaking efforts, or […]

Aaron Clausen – City Planner of Lynn, MA
Aaron Clausencity - Planner of Lynn, MA

In the summer of 2020, Tim Cummings, Director of Economic Development, brought the concept of handwashing stations to the attention of the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services. The discussion focused on the benefit of handwashing stations in the areas of the city where community members would not be able to […]

Bobbie D. Bagley, Division Director of Community and Health Services (City of Nashua, NH)
Bobbie D. Bagley, Division Director of Community and Health Services (City of Nashua, NH)
David Gass, Director, Highlands Coalition

I highly respect and am greatly excited by what Beyond Walls has accomplished in Lynn in a very short time. Utilizing many fine artists, you have brought Lynn from its nineteenth-century look and into the twenty-first century by putting its human face on old, drab buildings. You enliven the “Arts District” with a carnival atmosphere, […]

David Gass, Director, Highlands Coalition
David Gass, Director, Highlands Coalition

Strengthening Communities

We are a diverse group that believes cities best thrive when they are full of art and have engaged stakeholders and active spaces. Our work revolves around our mission to activate spaces to strengthen communities.