Fairmount Cultural Corridor

Street Lab Uphams Corner

The Fairmount Cultural Corridor is a creative placemaking initiative that combines collaborative efforts of residents, artists, community organizations and businesses to support vibrant, livable neighborhoods along the Fairmount Commuter Line. The Fairmount Cultural Corridor is designed to advance a vision that draws upon the local cultural assets and ethnic traditions of the Corridor’s residents, made stronger through an active local creative economy.
With the support of the Boston Foundation and Artplace America, DSNI and partners launched the successful Fairmount Cultural Corridor Pilot in July, 2012, which encouraged vibrant cultural economic activity through placemaking interventions such as interactive public art installations, outdoor markets, and complementary business activity around the Upham’s Corner Fairmount train stop and anchored by the historic Strand Theatre. More information about the pilot phase can be found in the case study, “Do you See Yourself in Upham’s Corner: a case study of belonging, dis-belonging and the Upham’s Corner Artplace Initiative.”  In 2014, with support from Artplace America, The Boston Foundation, and other local and national funders, the initiative expanded down the Fairmount Indigo line to partner with arts and community organizations in the Four Corners neighborhood of Dorchester. More information about this initiative can be found at www.fairmountculturalcorridor.org.