Activating Space
to Strengthen Communities

We believe that when communities find opportunity to come together to share their stories, their culture and their common interests, great things can happen.  We hope to see you there too.

ABOUT US

Our Work

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 collaborative projects and programs.

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 urban/city planning to tie the heritage of the past to the potential of the future.

 

Delivering Epic Art and Designed Spaces​

We utilize a design thinking and responsive approach to a community needs where the human experience is first and foremost, and a creative lens is used to find a solution.

Past Projects

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 600 linear 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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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

From Our Blog

Finding Hope on Lynn Walls

Finding Hope on Lynn Walls

PHOTO CREDIT: Artist Evoca1 descends from the roof of a building on Union Street in Lynn after working on his mural for “Truth be Told…” Photo by Spenser R. Hasak BY GUTHRIE SCRIMGEOUR| October 21, 2020 “Truth be Told…” a new public art installation from Beyond Walls, aims to capture the experiences of Lynn children […]

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Beyond Walls: Payette Lights Up Lynn with Pro Bono Display

Beyond Walls: Payette Lights Up Lynn with Pro Bono Display

Photo Credit: Beyond Walls image by Warren Jagger Photography BY ERIC BALDWIN | January 01, 2020 Architecture and design studio Payette designed an underpass lighting project for Lynn, Massachusetts. Lynn is one of 26 Gateway Cities in Massachusetts, urban centers that anchor regional economies and are facing social and economic challenges. The project brightens and activates with dynamic, […]

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Colombian artist DAST UNO completes mural at Lynn YMCA

Colombian artist DAST UNO completes mural at Lynn YMCA

Photo Credit: Colombian muralist DAST UNO stands in front of his mural at the Lynn YMCA. DAST UNO completed the mural with the help of local artists and the outdoor community arts organization Beyond Walls (Beyond Walls) BY ALLYSHA DUNNIGAN| October 3, 2021 LYNN ―The city and outdoor community art organization Beyond Walls invited Colombian […]

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This Lynn nonprofit is known for its murals. Now, it’s making hand washing stations

This Lynn nonprofit is known for its murals. Now, it’s making hand washing stations

PHOTO CREDIT: Lynn Vocational Technical Institute students Thomas Molea and Antonio Morales, both 16, constructed one of Beyond Walls’s aesthetically pleasing wash stations.BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF By Andy RosenUpdated July 29, 2020, 3:36 p.m. LYNN — In a downtown punctuated by giant murals from artists around the world, it’s easy to overlook the sleek, stainless steel […]

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New Art Installation Will Connect Lynn Youth With Mozambique

New Art Installation Will Connect Lynn Youth With Mozambique

PHOTO CREDIT: Artist Kevin Ledo’s mural, “Facing the Future,” a 50-by-70 foot exterior wall installation, was made as as part of the Paint Outside the Lines APTart project in Beirut, Lebanon. By Allysha Dunnigan September 3, 2021 LYNN — Beyond Walls is partnering with international art exchange, The One Blue Sky Project, to create a new […]

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‘It says we’re here’: Mural project celebrates Lowell’s Latinx community

‘It says we’re here’: Mural project celebrates Lowell’s Latinx community

By Cindy Cantrell Globe Correspondent,Updated February 4, 2022, 11:06 a.m. A crowd of people participating in a “Mural Stroll” saw the launch of a Davis Zayas’ mural on the side of 207 Market St. | HENRY MARTE OF MARTE MEDIA   Every time Sophia Mirabal sees people stop and look at the two large-scale murals in […]

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‘It says we’re here: Mural project celebrates Lowell’s Latinx community

‘It says we’re here: Mural project celebrates Lowell’s Latinx community

PHOTO CREDIT: A crowd of people participating in a “Mural Stroll” saw the launch of a Davis Zayas’ mural on the side of 207 Market St.HENRY MARTE OF MARTE MEDIA By Cindy Cantrell Globe Correspondent,Updated February 4, 2022, 11:06 a.m. Every time Sophia Mirabal sees people stop and look at the two large-scale murals in downtown […]

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Lynn Public  Schools

Lynn Public Schools

LYNN PUBLIC SCHOOLS The Lynn Public Schools is currently the fifth largest in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and serves ~16,000 students across the district’s 26 schools. According to 2018-19 data from the Massachusetts Department of Education, the student population here is largely of color, bilingual, and economically disadvantaged, with the district’s English learners representing over […]

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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 for […]

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Sky5: Teens make ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural reality in Lynn

Sky5: Teens make ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural reality in Lynn

LYNN, Mass. — An 18-year-old’s dream come to life on the streets of Lynn inspired by similar “Black Lives Matter” murals he’s seen pop up across the country. The idea coming from 18-year-old Carlos Prudencio Who wondered why there wasn’t a Black Lives Mural in his city. He joined with 19-year-old Damianny Garrido to get […]

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Thank You to our Supporters

Our work is made possible by people like you that believe that Arts and Culture in our communities leads to better outcomes for all.  We thank you and all our supporters for making a lasting impact.