DIY Lowell asks Lowell to Vote on 60 Ideas Submitted by the Community:Vote ends September 9, Winners Launched at Community Idea Summit on September 26

Lowell, MA– Do-it-Yourself Lowell (DIY Lowell) is collecting votes for their fourth annual Community Idea Summit through an on-line portal at

The group has previously helped community members create popular projects such as Points of Light Lantern Celebration, Midsummer Dream on Merrimack Street, and the Downtown Pop-Up History Trail. The organization is now collecting votes until Monday, September 9, 2019 on 60 ideas submitted by the community, nearly one third created by youth ages 12-18. Anyone who pledges to donate or volunteer is eligible to vote.

 One of DYI projects: Points of Lights Lantern Festival. Photo Credits: Thomas O’Hearn.

The winning projects will be discussed at the fourth annual Community Idea Summit on Thursday, September 26, 6:30 pm at Lemon & Thyme Bistro. Joey Banh, Senior Program Manager at E for All, poet, and entrepreneur, will kick off the summit with a special presentation. Then, community members form teams to start planning the projects. Free food and childcare will be provided.

past June, DIY Lowell appointed its first permanent staff member, Program Director Emily Ferrara. Ms. Ferrara brings her experience as a grant-writer, project manager, advocate, poet, and teacher to the organization. As program director of DIY Lowell, Emily has been immersed in Lowell’s thriving arts and multicultural community. Throughout the summer, she has been immersed in Lowell’s thriving arts and multicultural community to encourage engagement with the DIY Lowell process. She has initiated the Young Ideas Project, leading workshops for summer teen programs that resulted in a wide array of youth-generated ideas, all of which are included in the on-line project roster. She is also working to make DIY Lowell more representative of the many backgrounds of Lowell’s people.

According to DIY Lowell Co-founder Aurora Erickson, “DIY Lowell’s goal isn’t just to have great projects; it’s also to get Lowell’s diverse communities to come together and learn from one another. That’s why it’s our priority to enhance the diversity of DIY Lowell participants and leadership in age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and socioeconomic background.”