January 28, 2023

Community Art Making – Mural for E.J Gare Parking Garage

Date(s) - Saturday, January 28, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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WHAT: Community Art Making
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center 67 Conz St Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday January 28th 10am-2pmWe will be designing a community-based mural for Northampton’s E.J Gare Parking Garage on the plaza where Tuesday Market happens and WE WANT YOUR INPUT! Drop by to make art and have a chat during your visit to the market. See you there!All ages and abilities welcome, free to participate!

This Saturday’s Grow Food Northampton Farmer’s Market is extra special. Join in free visual artmaking for all ages from 10 am-2 pm. This art workshop is an opportunity for community members to share input for a future mural that will be installed on Northampton’s E.J. Gare Garage, on the plaza where the Tuesday Market happens. 

The future mural will be installed this May and include a community paint party on Saturday, May 13th, where the public will be invited to help paint the mural. The lead designer and muralist on the project is Sharon Leshner. Sharon is a community-based public artist and founder of The Color Collaborative, a mural initiative, and local shared artist studio space. Sharon is teaming up with a local street artist named SELF to create the new mural. 

As an exercise in place-keeping, this project is meant to revitalize the location of the Northampton Farmer’s Market and create opportunities for current farmers, shoppers, and folks who may not otherwise attend the market to feel a sense of ownership and participation in this space. One of the goals of this project is to spread the word about HIP/SNAP to more community members experiencing food insecurity and to create opportunities for them to feel welcome at the market. This goal will be helped through coordination with Community Action and Grow Food Northampton.

This project is organized and supported by The Color Collaborative, The City of Northampton Paradise City Cultural District, Grow Food Northampton and Community Action Pioneer Valley. 


Sharon Leshner