The Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) recently joined the Mayor’s Office and Malden Access Television to co-host a reception entitled, “Activating the Creative Economy in Malden” which brought together artists, local developers and business leaders for a conversation about the role the arts can play in the overall vibrancy and desirability of the City.
The goal was to provide an opportunity for these various parties to network in order to identify possible partnerships around the arts. Speakers at the event talked about the important role the arts have in the community and encouraged businesses and developers to support the artistic community in a variety of ways. The suggestions ranged from sponsoring a concert series to hosting a pop-up or an art installation in a vacant storefront to supporting ongoing efforts to create a premier public art gallery with miles of professional murals, sculptures and community hubs.
The MRA was the first entity to sign up for the Malden ARTline mural installation project when it agreed to have a colorful, playful mural depicting the work of former Maldonian and longtime children’s author and illustrator Ed Emberley installed on the Exchange Street side of the CBD Garage which is owned by the MRA. The mural brought renewed life to a small pocket park known as FitzGerald Park in this same location. The park, currently undergoing renovation, is a favorite with children enrolled in the nearby day cares and residents looking for a brief respite. Phase 1 of the ARTline project includes four murals, one sculpture, three benches and six bike racks. ARTline is being coordinated by Malden Arts, a 501c3.
Malden Arts (maldenarts.org) is one of several creative groups located in Malden. Others include Malden Access Television (matv.org) and The Gallery (thegalleryinc.com), a grassroots group bringing arts retail and performances to Malden. The Gallery will soon open in a bricks and mortar space at 57 Pleasant Street.