#TuesdayTakeover: Springfield Cultural District to Help Highlight Local Artwork at Pynchon Park

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The collaboration between the City of Springfield, the Springfield Museums, Springfield Cultural Partnership and Skyview Downtown, a privately owned apartment complex, is reimagining the soon to be reopened Pynchon Plaza as a pedestrian-friendly park which will serve as an art-filled connector between Springfield’s reenergized downtown and the Springfield Museums, Springfield Central Library and Springfield Armory National Historic site.

“We have worked hard in the city with the help of the state to reinvigorate Pynchon Plaza which will be a gateway entrance to our beautiful museum complex,” Sarno said. “Arts and culture, museums, libraries it all adds to the fabric of the city of Springfield and it also adds to economic development and creating opportunities for money to be made, jobs to be created and a good feeling of morale. If it looks good you feel good and you want to spend money and be part of the community.”


ABOUT THE PROJECT / Goals & Purpose:

SPark!: Igniting Our Community, a two-year public art project that will transform recently reopened Pynchon Park into a vibrant public space through innovative multi-media art installations created by local and national artists. City residents, community stakeholders, and cultural institutions will be involved in a collective process to imagine, select, and commission public art that celebrates Springfield’s citizens, culture and heritage. The park, closed for forty years, will use the arts to connect neighborhoods and people, creating equitable partnerships that demonstrate the power of civic engagement for more vibrant and livability communities. The park’s reopening offers an opportunity to continue momentum by celebrating public art in this passageway and creating a programming and civic engagement space. This project will create a walkable pathway between the museum district and the commercial downtown, spurring retail and public space projects along these avenues and encouraging greater tourism throughout the city.

The Springfield Museums and Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP) will be requesting proposals for public art installations in the Springfield Central Cultural

Artists are encouraged to consider the many cultures within our community as well as the theme of Springfield icons, both past and present, who have contributed to the humanities, culture and history of Springfield.


The projects include:

a Free Library Box,

Pynchon Plaza Signage,

Artful Seating,

Utility Art,

Art Installation on Fencing,


3D Pedestal Art / Sculpture,

and Sound Sculpture.


More detailed descriptions will be provided online at the time of the Call for Art being released to the public. Project teams are strongly encouraged to include a Springfield based creative (artist, fabricator, designer, engineer, etc) as part of their project team. 


The Springfield Museums and Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP) will be requesting proposals for public art installations in the Springfield Central Cultural

District at Pynchon Plaza. More information on each of the eight (8) projects will be available on www.SpringfieldCulture.org upon the official reopening of Pynchon Plaza which is anticipated to open in mid-November. 

What is the Springfield Cultural Partnership?

Springfield Cultural Partnership connects artists, institutions and audiences to create and celebrate creativity in Springfield. The SCP is a 501c3 founded in 2016 and serves all of Springfield, MA. The SCP is a member based organization with a diverse mix of individuals and organizations, involved at a range of member levels, and all committed to supporting the vitality of our local cultural economy. The SCP also oversees an area of downtown Springfield that has been designated as the Springfield Central Cultural District by the Mass Cultural Council.

In addition, the Springfield Central Cultural District, overseen by the SCP, signed the Springfield Cultural Compact along with the Springfield Cultural Council, the City of Springfield, and the Mass Cultural Council. This partnership works exclusively on cultural activities to boost the local economy through collaboration and creative expression. To learn more about this effort, click here.


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