The Holyoke Puerta | Gateway Project was designated as one of 64 successful “Our Town” grant recipients by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.
The project is also part of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Infra-Space program, which seeks to revitalize under-utilized areas surrounding transportation infrastructure, such as elevated roads, bridges, and viaducts. The City of Holyoke was granted access to the area under I-391 on Main Street between the Springdale and South Holyoke neighborhoods in order to create a more attractive gateway to downtown, a more pedestrian friendly connection between the neighborhoods, and a space residents could use for cultural and recreational activity.
The project’s primary objective is to create a space and place that is responsive to and reflective of the surrounding community. CDE’s role is to facilitate strategic engagement with local stakeholders, and to identify current challenges, needs, and desires for the area under and around the I-391 underpass in Holyoke, MA. Through this process we hope to build community receptivity and understanding for the proposed improvements, and to create a master plan and proposed art works that represent the experiences of a broad cross section of residents.
Joseph Krupczynski, Center for Design Engagement
National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” Award
$50,000 + $70,000 Matching Funds