...and hoping this opens doors to more windows.
Thanks to DTL resident Kevin Sampson, an unsightly building in Central Square is already improved after some good window washing and new drapes. He got permission from Mayo, then assembled a group of volunteers from the neighborhood.
Even just the new drapes make a huge difference, but rotations of art displays are forthcoming.
This is not the first time area storefronts have been decorated. RAW decorated the windows of 33 Central, before the windows were damaged, and then through artist Jason Cruz, painted the boards. An intern at LynnArts some time ago added construction-paper and pictures to a building's windows adjacent to them, but they are now sun-faded and sorely in need of a make-over. Perhaps next time, they'll also use curtains and wires to hang paintings, photos, or even set back a curtain to box the windows for sculpture - and light it at night. This is done regularly in empty Downcity Providence buildings with the help of an active Merchant's Association and the landlords, themselves. Are you listening, Lynn landlords? The ones in PVD actually help themselves!