Congratulations to us and two of our AIGMV Members who are featured in an article in the Eagle Tribune about the grant that we have won to bring a spectacular artform to downtown Methuen and Merrimack Valley.

Merrimack Valley photographers, writers and people seeking calm have probably found themselves at some point on the edge of the Spicket River in Methuen, where Essex County’s only natural waterfall – which once powered 19th century textile mills – drops 100 feet and tumbles over a bed of rocks on its way to the Merrimack in Lawrence.

It’s a place where industry, history and nature converge. By autumn 2021, when the water flows again, the Falls will also be home to a dazzling display of vivid colors, from hydro-powered lights, designed by local artists to bring new life to this celebrated treasure.

“Light the Falls” – AIGMV/Methuen Arts in partnership with the City of Methuen, Olson Electric and the lighting architectural firm Lam Partners – is one of six new collaborative public art and creative placemaking projects being funded by Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative (CCI). Launched in 2018 through a partnership with the Barr Foundation, CCI is designed – through a variety of facets – to elevate arts, culture and the creative economy in Essex County. The Methuen project will join an already impressive list of CCI-funded public art projects that have successfully mobilized collaborations of nonprofits, artists, municipalities and local businesses to transform their communities through art.

For more information or to take your art to a new level, contact methuenarts@gmail.com.