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Ultimate Downsizing? The BIG Tiny House Festival

The BIG Tiny House Festival: September 19-21 

Meet at the entrance where they have information and brochures.

Walk less than 1 mile from Lechmere. Does anyone have a better way option for public transport they would like to suggest? Please leave note in  the comments section. Thanks.

Join Miranda's Hearth and the Somerville Arts Council for this quirky first-time festival celebrating DIY, environmentally friendly, and small living! A group of tiny houses will take residence on the Former Waste Transfer Site in Somerville to create a temporary village from Friday, September 19, through Sunday, September 21. While the houses are there, the space will hold a craft fair and festival to showcase the tiny houses. There will also be a screening of Tiny, the tiny house documentary.
If you have a tiny house, please apply today to bring your tiny house! And if you know someone who does, send them the application!
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SOMERVILLE RECEIVES GRANT TO CREATE ‘ARTFARM’ ON SITE OF FORMER WASTE TRANSFER STATION

ArtPlace America awards $415,000 grant to Arts Council for community arts space.

SOMERVILLE – ArtPlace America, a national organization that advances the field of creative placemaking in which art and culture plays a central role in shaping communities’ futures, recently announced that the Somerville Arts Council is the recipient of a $415,000 grant to fund the making of a creative commons, called ArtFarm for Social Innovation, on the site of the former waste transfer station on Poplar Street. Somerville is one of only 55 organizations to receive funding out of a pool of more than 1,300 applicants. The grant was approved by the Somerville Board of Aldermen at a Finance Committee meeting on July 2.

The Somerville Arts Council (SAC) has proposed converting the former 2.2-acre waste transfer station and incinerator site into a self-sustaining creative common and growing space. Using facilities largely built from reused shipping containers, SAC and its community partners will transform the site into a center for community and art-based social, economic and educational innovation. Building on Somerville's historic concentration of artists and immigrants, this project would co-locate multiple creative uses, including farm- and food-related activity, as well as create a welcoming open space that serves as a new gateway to the community.

“Somerville has one of the most vibrant arts and artists’ communities in the country, and we are constantly seeking new, innovative, and funky ways to keep the arts scene hip and current,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “The former waste transfer station in our Inner Belt district was not only a blight on our community, but also hindered our progress in furthering our arts and economic development in a particularly underutilized area of this City. We’re thankful to ArtPlace, the Somerville Arts Council and all of our community partners for helping to bring art and culture to this area in a unique way.”

“The ArtPlace grant will enable our team to transform an overlooked, drab and once-smelly site into a creative hub that marries art, urban agriculture and cultural food-related programming—and fulfill our long-standing obsession to work with old shipping containers,” said Rachel Strutt of the Somerville Arts Council. “For the Arts Council and our community artists, the stranger and more unlikely the site, the more satisfying the challenge.” “I am so thankful both to the Arts Council and ARTFarm Foundation, and to ArtPlace for bringing such a meaningful and important program to Somerville, particularly in an underserved neighborhood in Ward 2 with an already active and nurturing artist community,” said Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston. “This kind of innovative community center will bring vibrant art, culture and creativity to our City, and I look forward to all the great things this project will bring to Ward 2.”

“This grant validates our plan to create a self-sustaining creative common, where ideas and activities that improve the quality of life in Somerville can be developed and tested,” says Peter John Marquez, ArtFarm Advisory Board President. “Building on Somerville's tradition of creativity and social engagement, the ArtFarm will co-locate multiple creative spaces within a welcoming open space that will serve as a striking physical and artistic gateway to the community.” “The transformation of the site is a continuation of the City and Arts Council’s placemaking work conducted in Union Square for the past ten years,” said Gregory Jenkins, Director of the Somerville Arts Council. “The vision for the site is to incubate the social, creative, and economic work by mixing up Somerville’s strengthens—the arts, food, and social innovation. This grant validates our vision and propels us forward with another large scale initiative for Somerville.” ARTFarm for Social Innovation will house special events, performances and green space, while creating a community space where ideas and activities that improve the quality and experience of life in Somerville can be developed, tested and implemented.

With financial support from the ArtPlace Foundation and other contributors, the ARTFarm will house and develop several key activity incubators, including:

GrowLab: A new model for community gardens that integrates urban farming with community engagement, art, culinary entrepreneurship, performance and health programs

ARTLab: Integrating educational activities with projects that explore social betterment through the arts. ARTShow: Gallery, work, and performance spaces will link the creation and delivery of culture with direct and positive social impacts. These facilities will, wherever possible, be constructed using recycled material (such as old shipping containers) to reflect the area’s industrial past.

- See more at: http://www.somervillema.gov/news/grant-allows-artfarm-creation-waste-site#sthash.69NAHenC.dpuf

http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/44259

http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/artsunion/2014/tiny

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  • Suzanne S

    Tracy mentioned a favorite tiny apartment called the Lego Apartment, google it. Also there is the architect who made his house transform into 24 rooms.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0zZfpe2v1g

    September 24, 2014

  • Carl K.

    Well said Debra. We waited (i.e., Adrian and I) around the table that said (perhaps coincidentally) "meet up" on it, and were happy to meet a few people standing there, but it seemed that no one else was actively making an effort to connect with the participants. I asked about a dozen likely looking people if they were there for the meetup. We had a very good time chatting with Charles and Debra, look forward to seeing you again!

    September 20, 2014

    • Millie

      Hi Suzanne, I wanted to tell you that I was running late but I didn't have anyone's number. I did go. I looked around for about an hour and a half but couldn't find you. The only face I remembered was yours.

      September 23, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      I don't give out my phone number. Best is to post in the comments section. If you don't have a smart phone with a data plan, try to get a generous stranger to help. We waiting in that long line and chatted.

      September 23, 2014

  • diane

    Had a nice time at The Tiny House Festival. A little disappointed that there was only one house but the company while waiting on line was superb! Thank you Suzanne for always organizing such fun and interesting things to do!

    1 · September 20, 2014

  • Suzanne S

    Good weather and company but the concept of tiny house is more important than the actual living in one.

    1 · September 20, 2014

  • Tracy C.

    Suzanne and I are here.

    September 20, 2014

  • Leslie

    Sorry for the late notice - I won't be able to make it. I got involved in a longer meeting than expected.

    September 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    what about parking for us non-city folks

    September 20, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      Can anyone suggest parking options? I wish I knew. I'm parking near the T and using it.

      September 20, 2014

  • Carl K.

    We will be there and are very excited because we can bike to this one for sure! We are minimalists, and are interested in tiny houses, although we've decided that when we upgrade from our 300 square foot apartment to a house, it will be a palatial 600 square foot one, not a tiny house.

    September 19, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      Amazing. I'd love to see how 2 people live harmoniously in 300 square feet. Maybe the dream of more space, is enough. That is just about the least allowed by law. 180sq ft for the first person and 100 extra sq ft for the second.

      1 · September 19, 2014

    • Carl K.

      That is hilarious! Now we have even more bragging rights, we're going to use those. See you tomorrow.

      1 · September 19, 2014

  • Barbara

    Sorry, I am afraid that I will not be able to attend after all .... I hope to go to the workshops on Sunday.Best wishes, looks fun!

    September 19, 2014

  • Louise

    Sad to miss this but the time change conflicts with another commitment. Enjoy

    September 19, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      We'll take some photos and post them for you, Louise.

      1 · September 19, 2014

    • Louise

      Thanks Suzanne

      September 19, 2014

  • Alysha

    Sounds wonderful!
    I would live to join in and meet everyone.

    September 4, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      I google mapped it. Lechmere T is nearby. It says to walk on MA 28. Does anyone know if this is a walkable route?

      September 13, 2014

    • Leslie

      It is walkable - at least 15 minutes down McGrath Hghway. The worst part is around the Lechmere T stop.

      1 · September 14, 2014

  • Paula

    I find these houses fascinating. I am on the Tiny House email list so seeing them in person will be fun.
    Is there a meeting location?

    September 4, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      At the entrance near information and brochures.

      September 13, 2014

  • Be

    hi can't go because i'm performing Happily Fortunes Edition I Cheering for Happily again at the Harborfest Boston on Sept 20! missed you at figment!

    September 12, 2014

    • Suzanne S

      You're already an ultimate downsizer driving your teeny-tiny smart car. So cute.

      1 · September 12, 2014

  • Jacquie

    I'd like to attend but don't yet know if I can.

    September 4, 2014

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