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The Lowell Sun | The Five Minute Read

The Lowell Sun | The Five Minute Read

Sept. 30, 2022 –In partnership with Project LEARN, ArtUp Lowell and Beyond Walls, Middlesex Community College is home to the installation of five murals on the college’s buildings, including the mural created by artist Mattaya Fitts, on the Derby Park side of the Talbot building on Middle St. in Downtown Lowell. COURTESY MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE […]

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WE CAN’T DO THIS WORK WITHOUT YOU!

WE CAN’T DO THIS WORK WITHOUT YOU!

WE CAN’T DO THIS WORK WITHOUT YOU!    Beyond Walls had a tremendous impact in 2022 and it was all because of YOU, our incredible supporters. Thank you for being a part of this monumental year for Beyond Walls. From designed response initiatives to epic public art installations, our impact means more people across Massachusetts […]

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Biotech’s next destination: Why not Lynn?

Biotech’s next destination: Why not Lynn?

A piece of art commissioned by Beyond Walls in Lynn involves a rat made up of recycled materials. May 19, 2022. (Photo by Shira Schoenberg) UNCATEGORIZED Biotech’s next destination: Why not Lynn? Gateway City has all the ingredients – space, housing, workforce  JARED NICHOLSON and  JARED AUCLAIR Nov 13, 2022 AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN as an industrial hub hundreds of years […]

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How Art Creates Economic Health And Prosperity In Cities And Towns

How Art Creates Economic Health And Prosperity In Cities And Towns

with Al Wilson of Beyond Walls   “We activate spaces to strengthen communities, and that takes a wide variety of forms.” CEO of Beyond Walls, Al Wilson, talks using a creative lens to address community challenges in some of the downtown area in the Commonwealth. POSTED ON: OCT 23, 2022 HOSTED BY: NATHAN O’LEARY PRODUCED BY: GREATER BOSTON […]

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The Lowell Sun | The Five Minute Read

The Lowell Sun | The Five Minute Read

Sept. 30, 2022 –In partnership with Project LEARN, ArtUp Lowell and Beyond Walls, Middlesex Community College is home to the installation of five murals on the college’s buildings, including the mural created by artist Mattaya Fitts, on the Derby Park side of the Talbot building on Middle St. in Downtown Lowell. COURTESY MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE […]

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The Great Brick Race and Doors Open Holyoke return to the city

The Great Brick Race and Doors Open Holyoke return to the city

Updated: Sep. 28, 2022, 5:46 a.m.| Published: Sep. 28, 2022, 5:45 a.m. 05.14.2011 | HOLYOKE – Dan Overton sends his brick racer for a test run while John Degnan looks on at the 2011 Great Holyoke Brick Race. By Dennis Hohenberger | Special to The Republican HOLYOKE — The third Saturday in October will be a busy […]

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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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Artists

Evoca1

Evoca1

ev·o·ca·tion ˌēvōˈkāSH(ə)n,evōˈkāSH(ə)n/ noun The act of bringing or recalling a feeling, memory, or image to the conscious mind. _ Born in the Dominican Republic (1984), where he spent his childhood drawing and playing baseball, until eventually moving to Hollywood Florida at age 11. As an autodidact figurative painter, muralist and sculptor, he has received his […]

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Kevin Ledo

Kevin Ledo

Kevin Ledo’s artistic practice crosses back and forth through the boundaries of mural, street art, fine art, and art installation. While there has been a consistent exploration in portraiture and the human form, the last few years have opened Ledo up to abstract art, mark making and colour theory, and a quest to integrate these […]

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Smug

Smug

Sam Bates aka SMUG or Smug One is an Australian born artist based in Glasgow, Scotland who is known for his photo-realistic murals. SMUG is working entirely freehand, using aerosol cans alone and achieve incredible photorealistic portraits through spray paint. When Smug came to Lynn, MA, he was determined to paint someone who represents the […]

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BORDALO II

BORDALO II

Artur Bordalo (Lisboa, 1987) is today known as BORDALO II, the artistic name he chose as a tribute to his grandfather, promoting a continuity and reinvention of his artistic legacy. His youth was spent in the company of his grandfather, the painter Real Bordalo and his incessant passion for watercolors, and his adventures around illegal […]

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BKFoxx

BKFoxx

BKFoxx is a public artist from New York (Long Island, technically). She paints photorealistic murals in only spray paint; no brushes, no projectors, no stencils. She usually starts with an idea or a concept, then sets up a scene and photographs it, and from that makes a reference image for the wall. The images are […]

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Fonki

Fonki

FONKI is an artist from Montreal. He was born in France of Cambodian parents, who were refugees of the Khmer Rouge genocide, in the 70s. At 15 years old, FONKi discovered graffiti. He gradually grew into one of the most prominent figures in Montreal’s new generation of graffiti artists. From the walls to the canvas, […]

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Bikismo

Bikismo

Bikismo, also known as “La Joya del Caribe,” is a Puerto Rican street artist who has been painting since 1992. For many years, he was Puerto Rico’s most wanted graffiti artist. The government pursued him for creating art in public spaces. He is now a well-known artist whose work can be found in museums and […]

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Sophy Tuttle

Sophy Tuttle

My work transforms sterile scientific facts into a rich visual landscape that can be easily accessed intellectually and emotionally by a wide range of people. In particular, I am drawn to mural work because of the inherently democratic viewership. To experience a public mural, the viewer does not need money, education, status, or access to […]

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David Zayas

David Zayas

David ZAYAS is a fine artist and muralist. In 2012 he created UN ZAYAS POR DIA project, reaching countries such as Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, and the USA. Society is the main theme of his work–Us, human beings. He portrays this theme through images of children, women, and animals.

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Cey Adams

Cey Adams

Cey ADAMS, a New York City native, emerged from the Downtown graffiti movement to exhibit his art alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Harring. He appeared in the historic 1982 PBS documentary Style Wars which tracks subway graffiti in New York. As the Creative Director of hip hop mogul Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Recordings, […]

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Projects

Cook St. Park

Cook St. Park

Beyond Walls was fortunate enough to be considered for a grant through KABOOM in 2020 to install a new playground in Lynn.  Due to the pandemic, the grant award was delayed, but in August 2022, we had the honor of working in collaboration with @kaboom, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Community Development, […]

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BeND

BeND

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 […]

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Trash bags to the Streets

Trash bags to the Streets

Thank you for helping in cleaning up downtown Lynn with us!   Thanks to our partners for helping us make this event possible!   Trash Bags to the Streets is a recurring trash clean up program in the heart of downtown Lynn. Our mission is to increase walkability around the city while also promoting civic […]

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Classroom to the Streets

Classroom to the Streets

It’s more than youth engagement – it’s empowerment About this program Classroom to the Streets is a program that leverages the power of public art to deeply engage youth in learning. This program uses public art as a platform for youth to explore issues of interpersonal, social, academic, and historical understanding, inspiring pride in community, […]

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Interactive Map

Interactive Map

INTERACTIVE MAP View Interactive Google Map

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The Cabot

The Cabot

THE CABOT MURALS PROJECT As the gateway and an anchor of the Beverly Arts District, The historic Cabot Theater is well-positioned to feature an impactful public art installation that embodies the unique spirit of Beverly; honoring both its tradition and innovative spirit. In summer of 2019 and as an extension of our street art Festival, […]

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The Launch

The Launch

THE LAUNCH In May 2017, Boston-based landscape architecture and planning firm Brown, Richardson and Rowe began a year long process to update Lynn’s waterfront open space plan. The team organized an inclusive process with area residents, local business owners, elected leaders. Compiled data suggests that local residents desire the following public amenities:   Waterfront opportunities […]

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Patio

Patio

PATIO PATIO turns urban spaces into reimagined oases. Through funding from the Essex County Community Foundation Creative County Initiative, we partnered with local collaborators, Cojuelos Productions (community engagement consulting firm) and Crowley Cottrell (landscape architect) to design and build a series of Parklets to be piloted in the Downtown Lynn Cultural District. Parklets are public […]

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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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Lesson Plans

The American Flag and Me with Sheila Pree Bright

The American Flag and Me with Sheila Pree Bright

Lynn, MA
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Ukiyo-e Prints and Female Representation with JUURI

Ukiyo-e Prints and Female Representation with JUURI

Lynn, MA
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Symbolism and the Art of David Zayas

Symbolism and the Art of David Zayas

Lowell, MA
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Creative Problem Solving and Urban Design

Creative Problem Solving and Urban Design

Lynn, MA

Lesson Plan For this lesson, students will learn about the history of graffiti and its evolution to street art. Students will learn about the different factors that go into creating a mural by analyzing the art of Ruben Ubiera, and use these to guide their own mural design. For a more in depth background information […]

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Discover the Dominican Republic and the Merengue with Angurria

Discover the Dominican Republic and the Merengue with Angurria

Lowell, MA

Lesson Plan For this lesson, students will learn about the history of graffiti and its evolution to street art. Students will learn about the different factors that go into creating a mural by analyzing the art of Ruben Ubiera, and use these to guide their own mural design. For a more in depth background information […]

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History of Street Art and Make Your Own Mural Activity

History of Street Art and Make Your Own Mural Activity

Lynn, MA

Lesson Plan For this lesson, students will learn about the history of graffiti and its evolution to street art. Students will learn about the different factors that go into creating a mural by analyzing the art of Ruben Ubiera, and use these to guide their own mural design. For a more in depth background information […]

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Don Rimx Mural

Don Rimx Mural

Lynn, MA

Don Rimx – Secondary ELA Read Don Rimx’s biography and watch on the video on the Beyond Walls website:Don RIMX’s artwork focuses on making the connection between the city, nature, and the being. In order to accomplish this he utilize wood to represent nature, bricks to represent the city, and the combination of the two […]

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Medio Peso’s Mural

Medio Peso’s Mural

Lynn, MA
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Quiñonez Mural

Quiñonez Mural

Lynn, MA
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NS/CB “People of the First Light”

NS/CB “People of the First Light”

Lynn, MA
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