Beyond Walls

Building on the Vibrancy of Downtown Lynn

Lynn, MA Arts Community Placemaking Entrepreneurial Other

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Tax Deductible

Neighborhood Development Associates is a Registered 501(c)(3), Tax ID 043240183.

We need to reach $80,000 via this crowd-fund: 

Beyond Walls exceeded $50,000 in our initial crowd-fund to ensure the project receives MASSDevelopment's matching funds. With the matching funds ($50,000), our project has exceeded $100,000 raised and is on our way to our total need of $255,000 (Financial goal to install all). Our goal through this site (Patronicity) is to raise $80,000 to give the project $130,000 with the state match.  It is critical that we hit this goal so please donate what you can to this 501c-3 non profit and tax deductible project. 100% of all donations will DIRECTLY support Beyond Walls implementation!

Please continue to support and share the link to this page. We desperately need to have raised $80,000 via this site before our campaign ends on May 22nd.  THANK YOU!


Beyond Walls is a group of Lynn residents, business owners, and public art/placemaking enthusiasts using grass roots efforts to create a sense of place and safety in the heart of Downtown Lynn. Lynn’s residents and business owners have cited both walkability and safety as key areas of concern for Lynn. This project addresses both of these issues through a multi-faceted installation of public art and lighting.

The Vision

Beyond Walls wants to build on the vibrancy of Downtown Lynn. Our goal is to ensure Lynn is a hub, buzzing with energy, enterprise, arts and culture. It is important to us that it also retains the voice, integrity, and pride of its residents while attracting visitors from near and far.

After many community meetings and surveys, we heard Lynners loud and clear. Now is the time for us to take action and make Lynners' requests for Downtown Lynn a reality. Out of the top priorities, we have focused on three of the most desired items: lighting under the elevated MBTA tracks, illuminated sidewalks, and the creation of large-scale public art in and around Lynn’s Downtown.

Project Components will include the following:

  • Dynamic LED underpass lighting from Payette and LAM Partners. This lighting will connect Central Square and Washington Street to create a safe and inviting passageway through the heart of Central Square.

  • Twelve large-scale vintage neon art pieces will illuminate Lynn’s downtown, specifically the downtown business district which will increase foot traffic and commerce.

  • Ten murals commissioned and painted by international and local recognized artists who reflect the cultural makeup of Lynn.

  • A sculpture located in downtown Lynn paying homage to Lynn's rich industrial history as the home of America's jet engine technology.

We want to use this project as an opportunity to elevate Lynn. We believe our creative activities will foster a more livable, safe, economically viable, sustainable, and equitable community.

Why Now?

Lynn, we hear your urgency. Safety has been cited as a prime concern by the local business community and residents. Partially based on a lack of lighting, areas of downtown Lynn have higher levels of criminal activity and motor vehicle-pedestrian collisions. Increasing the walkability of Downtown (both during the day and at night) is of critical importance.

Lynn also has a burgeoning cultural district (a designation bestowed on Lynn’s Downtown by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2013). Our cultural corridor includes institutions such as the Lynn Museum/LynnArts, Raw Art Works, Cultura Latina Dance Academy, Centerboard, The North Shore Caribbean American Organization, and the School of Rock among others. With the support from residents and artists near and far, the arts and culture have become a central component of Lynn’s identity.

Our project aims to revitalize the Downtown for the enjoyment of residents, businesses, and visitors. Beyond Walls will brand Lynn as an attractive city in which to live and to visit. From lifelong Lynners to new arrivals, to fans of the city near and far, everyone knows that Lynn's time for action is NOW!

How you can help REVITALIZE LYNN!

Our project needs the interest and energy of supporters like YOU, the residents, project fans, and supporters of LYNN. We need YOUR help to realize the vision that so many Lynners said tops their list -- creating a beautiful, safe, vibrant and artistic downtown, one befitting the people and culture of Downtown Lynn.

The timeline for this project is quite short, with funds raised by May 22nd and the installations slated for the summer of 2017. All of these matching funds will go to the physical installation of the artwork, sculpture, and lighting. All donations are tax deductible.

  • Please click on the donate tab above and give what you can. 

  • Every dollar helps So please give what can! All donation are tax deductible.  Checks can be made payable to Beyond Walls and mailed to or dropped off at 10 Church Street, Lynn, MA 01902.

  • Please share this project ( with your friends, family, and coworkers and others who LOVE LYNN!

  • THANK YOU for any and all support you may be able to give! 

The Project Leadership

Residents and individuals from local business have come together to form a leadership committee to bring this project into fruition. With decades of experience in public and private enterprise, our committee ensures this project will be implemented on time, within budget, and will have maximum positive effects for Lynn.

Founded and directed by Al Wilson, this project has additional leadership from Amanda Hill as well as consultants and committee members: Livan Adames, Seth Albaum, Master IC Allah, Che Anderson, Bill Bochnak, Beth Bresnahan, Bill Brotherton, Soraya Cacici, Lauren Carr, Magnolia Contreras, Dharma Cortes, Courtney Davies, Chris Fields, Mary Flannery, Matt Gelineau, Randy Hitchcock, Laurence Howard, Sarah Jackson, Kate Luchini, Parke MacDowell, Clint Muche, Joe Mulligan, Drew Russo, Elaine Sharp, Pedro Soto, Priscilla Strom, John Erik Strom, Carolina Trujillo, Rodolfo Vega, Jason Walsh, Jeff Weeden, Dan Weissman, Rebecca Whidden, and Alf Wilson.

This project has received help and guidance from State Representatives Brendan Crighton and Dan Cahill; State Senator, Tom McGee; NDA Executive Director, Charlie Gaeta; Ted Grant of Grant Communications; and Joe Mulligan of MASSDevelopment. U.S. Congressman, Seth Moulton is a supporter of the project, as is Lynn Mayor, Judith Kennedy, Bent Water Brewing Company, Short Path Distillery, Whitfield Sharp & Hitchcock, LLC, EDIC, Lynn Community Development, Lynn Museum/LynnArts, and many other key business and community leaders also support our project.

Our team has the experience, knowledge, strong support, and approval to efficiently expedite this project and ensure its maximum effectiveness and success. All we need is YOU! Please donate now to this tax deductible project.

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Our Undying Gratitude!

Thank you for your contribution! You will be listed on website as a sponsor. Click here to donate!

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High Resolution Digital Photograph

On top of our unwavering gratitude and listing on our website, you will receive a high resolution digital desktop image of a finished Beyond Walls mural. Click here to donate!

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Beyond Walls Postcards

In addition to our unwavering gratitude, listing on our website, and a high resolution digital photograph, you will receive three printed Beyond Walls postcards to share the project with friends and family. Click here to donate!

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Beyond Walls Lynn T-Shirt

In addition to all of the above, you will receive a high-quality t-shirt with the Beyond Walls logo to wear with pride as a supporter! Click here to donate!

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Sponsor the Lighting of an Underpass Bay

With a $500 donation you will be sponsoring the illumination of a "bay" in the Central Square Commuter Rail underpass. While also receiving all of the above, your name or your organization's name will receive official Beyond Walls recognition in social media outreach. Click here to donate!

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Install Vintage Neon Art

With a $1000 donation you will be sponsoring the installation of a piece of Vintage Neon Art to illuminate Downtown. While also receiving all of the above, your name or your organization's name will receive official Beyond Walls recognition in social media outreach and recognition at live events. Click here to donate!

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Sponsor an International Artist & Get a Tour

Donate $1500 and sponsor the travel costs associated with one mural artist. You will also receive a special tour of the installations from the project creator and meet one of the artists! Your name or your organizations name will also be listed on the wall as a token of appreciation. Click here to donate!

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Beyond Walls Title Sponsor

With this sponsorship you will have covered all of the costs associated with installation of a mural (artist travel, accommodation, food, materials, lifts/ladders etc...). For your donation you will receive all of the above, as well as your name or your organization's name listed on the wall. Click here to donate!


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