Wayfinding & Creative Placemaking Initiative

Virtual Community Meeting – NEW DATE!
Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm
Via Zoom Webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88034461523

The City of Melrose has been engaged in a Wayfinding + Creative Placemaking Initiative over the past several months to develop public art and multi-modal signage that speaks to the City’s past and present. On Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm, the City and their consultant team will be hosting a Virtual Community Meeting to share updates on the initiative and seek your input. 

The meeting will include:

  • What they've been hearing from the public so far, including survey and focus group results
  • Interactive voting on public art concepts and future signage
  • A Q & A session for the Call for Art that is now open

Please register for the Virtual Community Meeting via Zoom using this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88034461523
Call-in access: (312) 626-6799  
Webinar ID: 880 3446 1523

Call for Art – NOW OPEN!

The City of Melrose is seeking artists to create site-specific art installations as part of the Wayfinding & Creative Placemaking Initiative. This is part of a long-range plan to engage with the local community to create public art and to improve the experience of residents and visitors to the City of Melrose. The Initiative is funded through a grant secured for this purpose.

Projects may be $1,000 to 10,000, inclusive of all expenses. We hope to commission 3 to 5 projects for completion this summer. Notices of award will be made by June 30th. 

Please submit proposals at this link: https://forms.gle/MqArzB7dEZ7K18pA9

PROPOSALS DUE - JUNE 15, 2020 at 5PM

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Gaffey, Director & City Planner, at dgaffey@cityofmelrose.org.

Potential Call for Art Locations:

  1. City Hall Lawn
  2. Central Terrace Alleyway
  3. Main Street & Grove Street Park
  4. Pine Banks Park
  5. Melrose Commons
  6. Ell Pond
  7. Melrose Middle/High School Complex
  8. Other (ex. City-wide installation, art on sidewalks/public right of ways, on a non-City owned property you have permission to use)

Art Location Plan

"Melrose of the Future" - Word Cloud from the Wayfinding and Creative Placemaking SurveyMelrose of the Future


The Wayfinding & Creative Placemaking Initiative is part of a long-range plan to improve wayfinding and engage local artists in improving the resident and visitor experience in the City of Melrose. The goals for this effort are to identify opportunities for useful signage to better direct the public around the city and to engage with the local community to create public art. The Initiative is entirely funded through a grant secured for this purpose.

Melrose Wayfinding & Creative Placemaking Committee
Jonah Chiarenza, Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee
Lorrie DiCesare, Hourglass Gifts and Gallery
Joy Fay, Joy Yoga
Denise Gaffey, Office of Planning and Community Development
Lenore Gauthier Smith, Community Member
Lauren Grymek, Melrose Chamber of Commerce
Patrick Prendergast, Mayor Bordeur's Chief of Staff
Elena Proakis Ellis, Department of Public Works
Kris Rodolico, Follow Your Art Community Studios
Emma Schnur, Office of Planning and Community Development
Kara Showers, Mass in Motion Coordinator

The following video was used to introduce the community survey, which has since closed: