Painted Piano Project
We have placed three pianos in public spaces to activate space and fill our Downtown Streets with music! The locations are: 1350 Main Street, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle, and 1 Monarch Place.
All three pianos are open for the public to play! They have been donated by the Community Music School of Springfield, painted and decorated by local artists, and now it's your turn to try something artistic - stop by on a walk and play a few keys!
Lunchtime concerts on our painted pianos are scheduled through August and September:
Mondays, 12 - 1pm at Monarch Place
Wednesdays, 1 - 2pm at the Museum Quadrangle
Fridays 12 - 1 at 1350 Main Street
This project is supported by ChooseSpringfieldMass.com.
We're still looking for help to hire musicians during the day! This effort increases walkability and comfort on our streets, brightens the streetscape, and provides income to local working musicians, a keystone of our local economy. If you, or your company, would like to support this venture in exchange for marketing exposure, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
District-Wide Utility Box Mural Program
OUR FABULOUS SPONSORS ARE...
Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association
Basketball Hall of Fame
Community Music School of Springfield
Eastern States Exposition
Lessard Property Management
Mattoon St Association
One Financial Plaza
New England Farmworkers Council
Painting with a Twist
Springfield Parking Authority
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
Taylor Street Dental,
WGBY Public Television.
OUR ARTISTS ARE...
Alberto Nieves, Andrea Newland, Arielle Jessop, Catherine Burton, Christopher Gann, Gina Beavers, Gloria Caballer-Arce, John Simpson, Lisa Hersey, Lorraine MacAlpine, Louise Padilla, Marcus Hickney, Priya Nadkarni, Renee Flowers, Sydney Briggs, Terry Sullivan, and Whitney Weldon.
Downtown Holiday Market Placemaking with UMass Springfield
As part of the Downtown Holiday Market, the SCCD worked with UMass Urban Landscape Design students to create two creative interventions in order to bring light to Market Place. The City of Springfield funded this partnership within their ongoing support of UMass' Design program.
Student groups presented and took through several stages two short-term interventions - a Market Place luminary and sidewalk wayfinding. Long-term proposed interventions to activate Market Street were also presented to Downtown Springfield leaders.
Press: Springfield on the Journey to Revitalization : Many Small Steps Moving in One Direction (WMa Women's Magazine), UMass Landscape Design Students Bring Attention to Downtown Springfield (BusinessWest), UMass Amherst Landscape Architecture Students Use Art to Draw People to Market Place... (The Republican)