SEE LAWRENCE IN A NEW LIGHT
ILUMINACION LAWRENCE is a city-wide lighting project that aims to create a warm and inviting public realm experience at night using LED lighting and projections. Lighting the city’s walls and pedestrian spaces not only makes for a safer, more enjoyable city, but it also serves as a dynamic medium where creatives are invited to turn city streets into immersive installations of art.
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On June 5th, 2019 Lawrence, MA got a preview of Iluminacion Lawrence. The event featured a community input activity so guests could suggest future lighting projects, an art exhibit relating to the Gas Emergency by the Groundwork Lawrence Green Team, ice cream from the Lawrence Police Department and local grub from El Punto Del Chimi food truck. DJ Angel Alba got the party started and the Drumline from Lawrence High School contributed to building up the energy and counting us down to turning on the lights of the Ayer Mill Clock Tower and Casey (central) Bridge! These are the first 2 of the 4 projects planned for Iluminacion Lawrence.
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HISTORYInspired by the City of Boston’s bridge lightings, Lawrence leaders invited Allston-based lighting artist, John Powell, to visit the city for a potential lighting project. The City, in partnership with the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority, agreed to light the Casey (middle) Bridge in the summer of 2017. Inspired by the project, leaders at the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) followed suit and developed lighting plans for the Ayer Clock Tower. Fast forward to 2019, ILUMINACION LAWRENCE was born. Plans to expand from its two initial lighting projects to many throughout the City of Lawrence are currently underway.
MISSIONThe mission of ILUMINACION LAWRENCE is to celebrate the city’s diverse history and peoples by lighting public spaces to enhance the public realm, engage community, improve public safety, and make the city a more vibrant and accessible place.
TEAM- Sabrina Boggio, Communications Coordinator, We Are Lawrence - Brad Buschur, Project Director, Groundwork Lawrence - Jess Martinez, Transformative Development Initiative Fellow, MassDevelopment - Vilma Martinez-Dominguez, Director of Community Development, City of Lawrence - Jon Payson, Board Chair, Essex County Community Foundation - John Powell, Lighting Artist, Light Time in Space - Karen Ristuben, Program Director, Creative County Initiative, Essex County Community Foundation - Evan Silverio, Chair, Lawrence Redevelopment Authority - Marquis Victor, Executive Director, Elevated Thought - Jessica Vilas Novas, Director, Lawrence Public Library
PARTNERSHIPSIluminación Lawrence works with an array artistic and technical partners to create and bring public art installations to life. Currently, Iluminación is hosting Retonica as an artist-in-residence; students of the Berklee College of Music Interdisciplinary Arts Institute for short-term lighting deveopment; and the Gateway Initiative at Boston Architectural College for a strategic planning studio project. We are forever grateful to Groundwork Lawrence for their continued support in project facilitation for Iluminación's permanent installations.
ILUMINACION LAWRENCE is committed to supporting resident and artist participation in the process of light design and content creation-- Lighting for the people, by the people! The ILUMINACION team is open to exploring lighting for new locations, one-time events, or even displaying your artwork! Reach out below to learn more information on how to join the team or potential partnership opportunities.
Are you interested in getting lights for your event or private property? Want to submit a suggestion for a light or projection display? Contact us to discuss partner and sponsorship opportunities!