Wayfinding & Creative Placemaking Initiative

Call for Art

Call for Art – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 28!

Given the extraordinary events taking place this month, we are expanding our Call for Art to include the larger community and extending the deadline to Sunday, June 28th by midnight. Although we do not require the artist to have a direct connection to Melrose, we do ask that you consider how you can involve this community in the design or making of the piece. Work can be temporary or permanent in a variety of materials suitable for outdoor work. Event-based work will be considered so long as a plan for safe social distancing is in place.

Additionally, we invite individuals, organizations, and businesses in Melrose who would like to be paired with an artist to email us at [email protected]. Please describe how you would like to be involved and what resources you can offer, whether that be time, materials, money, or space. 

Please submit proposals at this link: https://forms.gle/cWh1dhmVn2NUjpHk7

Proposals due: Sunday, June 28th by midnight

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Gaffey, Director & City Planner, at [email protected].

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


Virtual Community Meeting

Thank you to all of those who were able to participate in the Virtual Community Meeting for the Wayfinding & Creative Placemaking Initiative on Wednesday, June 3rd. Below you can find links to the recording of the meeting and a PDF of the presentation.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY MEETING

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PDF OF THE PRESENTATION

CLICK HERE FOR FAQ FROM THE COMMUNITY MEETING

Couldn't attend the Virtual Community Meeting but have questions and/or comments? We want to hear from you! Please contact Denise Gaffey, Director & City Planner, at [email protected] or Emma Schnur, Senior Planner, at [email protected].


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: