The Fairmount Cultural Corridor is a creative placemaking initiative that combines the collaborative efforts of residents, artists, community organizations and businesses to support vibrant, livable neighborhoods along the MBTA Fairmount Commuter Rail Line. The Fairmount Cultural Corridor draws upon the 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, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and partners launched the successful Fairmount Cultural Corridor pilot in July 2012. The aim was for a revitalized center of neighborhood arts and ethnic culture, sparking a “cultural economy” with events and actions such as interactive public art installations, outdoor markets and complementary business activity (as well as “random acts of culture”) around the Upham’s Corner Fairmount Line train stop, 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.