Visit the Boston Area’s Only Museum of Urban Art
The Punto Urban Art Museum in Salem is an open-air museum and social justice art program. It includes 75 large scale murals featuring 40 global and 25 New England-based artists. The murals, which are painted on or adjacent to rent-restricted buildings, are spread throughout the historic Point Neighborhood, two blocks from downtown Salem. They are concentrated on Peabody, Ward and Congress streets.
Download a map of the murals.
Depending on how long you want to linger at each artwork, plan to walk three to four blocks to see all the murals; budget from 20 minutes to an hour or so.
North Shore CDC, a community development nonprofit, created the Museum in 2017 to help integrate neighborhoods, create more resilient communities and break down invisible socio-economic barriers, such as the boundary that exists between the Point Neighborhood, where the murals are located, and the rest of Salem and the North Shore.
25 FREE Educational Resources in Spanish and English
Twenty-five Massachusetts-based artists developed public service announcements to raise awareness of COVID-19 safety measures for primarily immigrant, non-English speaking and low-income communities of color. The works of art, in Spanish and English, include posters, educational activities, stickers and more.
Of the 25 PSAs, most are universally designed to be understood regardless of the viewer’s language. Some of them contain a few words. Of those with words, five are written in English; 20 are written in Spanish. All 25 can be downloaded, saved, printed and shared with community members.
The artist Grimdrops created the image you see on this page. “When I set out to create this poster, my goal was simply to create a clever and unique graphic that illustrated the importance of wearing a mask during this global pandemic,” he said.
The Punto Urban Art Museum
96 Lafayette St. Salem, MA 01970