Lynn, MA

Grassroots public art and lighting initiative revitalizing a former industrial city.

Beyond Walls is centrally located in the urban downtown of Lynn, Massachusetts. This creative placemaking-focused nonprofit collaborates with local government, community groups, and stakeholders to deploy public art and other experiences in marginal or little-used spaces. Its projects have included a murals festival—which attracted international artists—and the restoration of vintage neon signs.

Beyond Walls is a solution that brings interest, stories and coalitions together.

2019 Selection Committee

Beyond Walls has used grassroots efforts to promote stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive communities. Through their projects and programming, they have retained the voice, integrity, and pride of area residents.