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Andrew Jacobson Richard Bolton
Chairman, Board of Directors Executive Director
122 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
CREATICITY: LOWELL ART & MAKER FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 16 & 17, 2017
Cultural Organization of Lowell releases detailed information about
festival happenings and traffic pattern changes
Lowell, MA, September 5, 2017 – Join the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) on September 16-17,
2017 for CREATICITY: Lowell Art & Maker Festival in downtown Lowell. This festival will fill Market Street
with art and culture of all types – artists and makers, writers, performers, music, interactive public art,
and so much more. The event is free and open to the public.
Many Lowell-based artists will be showing and selling their work at this inaugural festival, including
painters Will & Jean Winslow, glassmaker Aaron Slater, clothing designer Jackie Doyle, mixed media
artist Veronica Holmes, photographer Norm Caron, fine artists Roneld Lores & Angela Ales, jewelry
designer Regina McGearty, and more. “We are excited to have a wide variety of art and artists
represented in this year’s festival, both from inside the city and the surrounding areas,” said COOL board
chair and festival organizer Andy Jacobson.
A special Maker area will include members of Lowell Makes including pottery maker Chlesi Hanley, and
custom Cosplay designer Castro Yves Aroite. Also showcasing their work will be DIY Tesla kit makers
oneTesla, 3D printers enAble Lowell, quilter Emily Rapley, taxidermy artist Nikki Deerest, and others.
Demonstrations will be happening throughout the day, as makers showcase their skills in a wide variety
On the stage and in the street, take in performances by Angkor Dance Troupe, the Merrimack Repertory
Theatre, Chuckin the Reeds, The Shirts and Shoes, The Squires of Soul, Cambodian Opera, UPrising
Dance Theater, and more. Free workshops will include Scherenschnitte cut paper , how to make a video
with your cell phone, getting unstuck through poetry, hand lettering calligraphy, African dance, grow
your own wire tree, garden tai chi, youth storytelling, and theatre improv.
Visit the writers corner to speak with local authors, listen to their works, and purchase their books. The
Revolving Museum will be creating a large public art piece, where the public can join in making the
artwork over the course of the weekend. Walking tours will be led by members of the community,
allowing visitors to learn more about Lowell’s public art scene, dance in Lowell, and innovation &
Jacobson notes, “Market Street will be closed between Central and Dutton starting at 4pm on Friday
September 15 and through midnight on Sunday September 17. Residents and visitors can access the Leo
Roy Garage on Market Street and the Canal Place driveway by taking Middle Street to Palmer Street.
Palmer will temporarily be two way between Market and Middle Streets for the duration of the festival.
There will be police and signage to direct traffic.”
Creaticity: Lowell Art & Maker Festival takes place on Market Street in downtown Lowell on September
16-17, 2017 from 12-6pm each day [RAIN OR SHINE]. For more information on this event or any traffic
pattern changes, visit http://cultureiscool.org/creaticity
The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) is an independent, non-profit chartered organization with
the mission of strengthening the vitality and economic growth of arts and culture in the Lowell area.
COOL serves the creative community by fostering communication, collaboration, advocacy and
promotion. Current COOL initiatives include the “COOL Place” downtown arts & culture community hub
and shop, and the upcoming Creaticity Lowell Art & Maker Festival, to be held September 16th and 17th
along Market Street in downtown Lowell. For more information, visit www.cultureiscool.org.