Community Engagement Coordinator

We have exciting news here at Centerboard! We have recently brought on a new Community Engagement Coordinator. Ladies and Gentleman, introducing Justin Morley! 

Known by many as Justice Born, Justin is a Lynn resident. He has been on board for about 6 weeks and his resourcefulness along with his experience as a community organizer and event planner has made an immediate impact on our families. Through organizing events, workshops and other community based initiatives at our Visionspace Gallery, Justice focuses on creating atmospheres of diversity which are safe, inclusive and judgment free. Aside from his work with us, he also does outreach for the homeless and leads the Wreck Shop Movement, which is a driving force in the local Hip Hop community, known for having a positive social impact with their "Hoodies For The Homeless" initiative as well as their free events and roster of talent. Justice uses his experience of being homeless 6 years ago as motivation to do more to help people going through similar hardships. 

Centerboard is beyond thrilled to welcome Justice into our family and we look forward to supporting him in his amazing community work!

Ghosts of Lynn, Q&A, chapter 3!

We thought we'd branch out a little bit with our blog series so we could hear from a variety of Lynners as we continue to fundraise [DONATE HERE] for the "Public Art 4.0 Ghosts of Lynn" project. This week we spoke with Sarah of Sarah J Consulting, which is based right here in downtown Lynn. Read on to learn what Sarah J had to say!

What brought you to Lynn?
My now-husband/then-boyfriend had just purchased a condo in downtown Lynn.

What is your personal favorite public art installation?
One of my favorites is installations done by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who drape massive amounts of fabric over mountains and landscapes.

What was your reaction when the big photos first appeared?
COOOOOL!!!!

Lynn Lynn City of Sin, ignore it or embrace it?
Embrace it!

Starry Night or The Scream?
Starry Night

 

Surrounded Island by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Surrounded Island by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

AAH Presents Avenue Q

If you are familiar with downtown Lynn, you certainly know all about Arts After Hours. For those of you new to the scene, Arts After Hours is a nonprofit co-founded in 2010 by three Lynn residents who shared a deep interest in utilizing their expertise in live music, theater, and visual art to increase Downtown Lynn’s economic vitality.  By putting on high quality, reasonably priced performances, the theater company is able to attract scores of people into downtown Lynn, thereby increasing sales and patronage of the local businesses. In fact, by their second season, AAH quadrupled its audience bringing over 1500 people into downtown Lynn! They are a very important piece of the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, proving once again that a robust arts scene can and does play a vital role (no pun intended!) in revitalizing an area through increased economic opportunities, otherwise known as the creative economy.

Arts After Hours is kicking off its 2014 schedule by putting on the hilarious modern musical Avenue Q. The play focuses on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues and themes, it is similar to a beloved children's show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

In an unbelievable show of collaboration and support, Arts After Hours is donating $5 per ticket to Lynn area nonprofits, Centerboard included, when the proper promo code is used when buying tickets to any of the performances. There is also a special collection during the show for the “School of Monsters”. The production will also donate these proceeds to a different nonprofit every night!!

Centerboard’s designated performance to receive the “School of Monster” collection is Sunday, March 9th at 3pm. When you buy tickets, again for any performance, use the promo code “CENTERBOARD” to ensure that the $5 donation per ticket will be used to support our very own arts program.
 

The individuals, groups and agencies that are all working hard to improve downtown Lynn have made great strides over the last several years. The results of this hard work are ever more apparent with each passing month. So, put aside your pre-conceived notions, make your way into downtown and enjoy a tremendous night out at the theater! Buy your tickets HERE.

2014 Mural Project-Lynn, Mass

The Downtown Lynn Cultural District is happy to announce the 2014 Mural Project. The collective members of the District include a broad range of community organizations including the City of Lynn, the Office of Community Development, Centerboard, the Lynn Museum, LynnArts Inc., and Raw Art Works. 

The DTLCD invites artists to apply for a series of public art projects. These murals, showcased in the Cultural District,  newly dedicated by the Mass Cultural Council, will be an integral component to the redevelopment of Downtown Lynn.

Thanks to a grant awarded by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) , the District will select four mural projects. Each of the four artists (or artist teams) will receive a $2500 honorarium.

Deadline for Submission Proposals is January 6, 2014. 

To download a PDF of the RFP, click here.