A celebration of the first art installation of the El Corazón / The Heart of Holyoke Placemaking project was held on Sunday, December 15th
. The Main Street installation consists of banners with Puerto Rican flags in recognition of the Puerto Rican Cultural Area designation in 2016 by the City Council and featuring “Paper City Hidden Legends,” a series of community members recognized by Holyoke High School students in the “Pa’lante’ Restorative Justice Group”.
The placemaking project aims to develop spaces and places that are reflective of the communities surrounding Main Street and promote economic opportunity. The City works with an Advisory Board composed of members of the community, agencies, and individuals who live or work on Main Street. After two years of community engagement planning, evaluation and design, the project is moving towards the implementation phase of art installations on the Main Street Corridor.
The project is sponsored by the City of Holyoke, Holyoke Gas & Electric, National Endowment for the Arts, MassDevelopment, Community Foundation of Western Mass, GTI/RISE, United Way, Castella Waste Systems, Bank ESB, Holyoke Local Cultural Council and 164 donors from a successful crowdfunding campaign!
For more information or to get involved, contact Cynthia Espinosa, email@example.com
or 413-322-5655 or visit the El Corazón website.