DIY Lowell Announces Community-Wide Vote for 2021 Projects



October 26, 2021 Contact: Chris Hayes, Co-Founder - DIY Lowell [email protected] | 217.722.9516 |

(Lowell, MA) Every year, DIY Lowell collects community project ideas from the public. This year, they received fifty ideas ranging from a painted crosswalk to a citywide chess tournament to an art display in windows of derelict buildings to a pop-up dance studio. Until November 5, anyone who pledges to volunteer, donate, or attend DIY Lowell's "Community Idea Summit" can vote on these ideas at, with the winners to be undertaken by volunteers in 2022. The kickoff summit will be Thursday November 18, 6:30 pm, at Mill No. 5, Fifth Floor, 250 Jackson Street

"The summit is where everything comes together—volunteers, experts, ideas, and energy," said Chris Hayes, co-founder for DIY Lowell. "This is how previous projects like Points of Light Lantern Celebration and Ghost Signs Alive got their start. We believe the diversity of perspective and experience people bring will make the projects everyone votes for a big success—and we think everyone will be inspired by the cool community space Mill No. 5 recently created on their fifth floor."

The Community Idea Summit is open to the public, and those planning to attend are encouraged to vote before November 5. It will include a special kick-off by Brad Buitenhuys, the founder of the Lowell Litter Krewe, who will speak about how he started the Litter Krewe. Then, attendees will form teams with experts and facilitators to discuss and "flesh out" the projects that won the community vote. Free refreshments will be provided

Information about the projects up for a vote and opportunities to get involved are available at and on Facebook at

About DIY Lowell: Do-it-Yourself Lowell is a grassroots organization established in 2015, and dedicated to helping community members make small-scale projects and events happen together. It connects people with ideas to funding, technical assistance, and most importantly to one another. It is supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. DIY Lowell is further supported by its fiscal sponsor, Coalition for a Better Acre. DIY Lowell is also the recipient of funding from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation. To learn more, visit