Cultural District Celebrates New Public Art Venture Downtown

The Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) has launched its second district-wide public art program, following the success of last summer’s utility-box mural program. Three painted pianos have been installed in the metro center of Springfield, with the mission of activating space, encouraging pedestrian activity, and providing artist income.

This program of public pianos is linked to the international street-pianos movement, with participating cities including London, Paris, and Sydney. Info on the global project can be found at streetpianos.com.

On Monday, June 12, a small celebration and ribbon cutting will be held at 2 p.m. at the Market Place Shops, located behind 1341 Main St., to both showcase one of the works of art and bring light to the project. Two other pianos are also located in the district, at 1350 Main St. and 1550 Main St.

 

Springfield Central Cultural District Seeks Pop-up Gallery Proposals

Springfield Central Cultural District Seeks Pop-up Gallery Proposals

The Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) has issued a call to artists for a unique opportunity in downtown Springfield. The Cultural District is searching for artists to host a solo show in their Art Stop pop-up gallery program and sell their work in one of three locations downtown – New England Public Radio (NEPR), UMass Springfield, and 1550 Main.

The RFP asks for proposals from artists of all mediums to show their work from July to October. Requirements to what the art should look like are fairly laid-back, to best enable creative expression. All art will be available for sale during the display period, with 100% of proceeds going directly back to the creator. A stipend of $200 will also be awarded to the chosen artists.

Springfield Central Cultural District Connects Downtown Through Art

Springfield Central Cultural District Connects Downtown Through Art

As director of the Springfield Central Cultural District, Morgan Drewniany doesn’t see the arts in a vacuum. Rather, they’re one of the connecting threads joining the realms of economic development, social justice, and a city’s walkability and livability, which are, of course, among the keys to any community’s future. To that end, the SCCD is raising the profile of the arts in and around downtown Springfield — and that of its myriad artists as well.