|Malden Windows Art Project | Malden | 2007
The Malden Windows Art Project, created by Naomi Brave and Kelvy Bird, was a new annual citywide arts event that engaged downtown Malden storefront businesses as showcase venues for local artists. Launched in 2006, the three-week exhibit spread over storefronts throughout the downtown, and was kicked off by an outdoor festival that honored Malden's diversity with performances by a youth dance school, a Chinese orchestra, a faith-based youth choir and band, and others. The kick-off festival included printed maps, guided walking tours, an interactive mural wall, and other features to help people access and enjoy the exhibit. As a juried exhibit, Window Arts was almost like a sprawling downtown gallery including painting, photography, 3-D installations and media art. The project catalyzed community involvement that attracted dozens of volunteers. The project also bridged connections between Malden's growing artist community and the city's business owners and residents.
Funded by the Malden Cultural Council in 2007
Grant Recipient: Naomi Brave, $6,150