Dutton Street Mural Restoration Project
Dutton Street once housed Community Teamwork’s Headquarters with the mural above gracing the Worthen Street side of the building. In 2011, when the agency relocated its headquarters to the Bon Marche Building on Merrimack Street, the agency’s Youth Build of Greater Lowell program moved into the Dutton Street location.
The Dutton Street Mural was designed by Leo Panos of the University of Lowell (as it was called at the time) and created in the late 1970’s as part of a larger project to install ethnic-themed murals around the city. In celebration of the immigrant heritage of the city, other murals including Franco-American, Portuguese-American, and Polish-American were painted in different locations.
The original painting of the mural was done by summer workers in the Neighborhood Youth Corps. Later, in the 1980’s the mural was repaired and repainted with the design changing somewhat. Now more than 30 years later, under the artistic direction of Lowell artist Donald Maker, the students of our Youth Build Program will assist in the restoration of this visual record of Lowell’s rich cultural history.
The mural as it looks today
The Irish-Acre mural facing Worthen Street is one of the last, if not the last, remaining mural from this era. The project is underway and will be completed by mid-fall. You can be a part of revitalizing this piece of our community’s history!
Your gift of any amount will help support the cost of this project.
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Check out this great article and video the recently appeared in The Sun!
WATCH THE EVOLUTION
Bricks have been repointed and the blank canvas has been painted white – July 7, 2016
Working on the lower panel, Artist Don Maker of Mural Mastery and YouthBuild Students Kevin Mam & Lil-Sam Sum – August 9, 2016
Work has begun on the middle panel – August 18, 2016
Work continues on both lower and middle panels – the height of the bucket truck will be needed soon! – August 25, 2016