About this project
The Front Door Framingham Project seeks to establish a renewed identity for this historically contemporary business district that invites visitors, commuters and travelers to shop and visit our multi-cultural, creative downtown.
Renowned local artist, Sorin Bica is a resident artist in the infamous Bancroft Building, home of the Fountain Street Studios and Fountain Street Fine Arts Gallery. Bica is a rising star in Boston’s SoWa Arts District with a studio in the 450 Harrison Avenue Building. Committed to the comeback of Downtown Framingham, Bica is slated to execute a contemporary mural spanning the brick wall of a privately owned building that flanks the railroad tracks intersecting the crossroads of Routes 126 and 135. This intersection is traveled by 8,800 riders on the Boston T commuter rail and 27,000 vehicles every day. Bica’s artwork will establish a new identity for Downtown Framingham, home of the largest population of artists and creatives this side of Boston.
The $27,000 raised with this project will fund all of the supplies Bica needs to paint this mural, as well as the cost of his labor. We need your help to reach our funding goal for this project and renew the identity of Downtown Framingham! Please make a tax-deductible donation today.
To see more of Bica’s art, please visit sorinbica.com .
Background on The Front Door Framingham Project
Framingham’s historic downtown grew around the intersection of several critical rail lines serving downtown factories including Avery-Dennison and General Motors. While the industry declined in the 1960s, the downtown suffered a second blow as new auto-oriented retail was built to the north at the highway interchanges. Despite an influx of enterprising immigrants in the 1980s that kept the downtown from emptying completely, the district is just now starting to reinvent itself and thrive. Under the guidance of the of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Framingham Downtown Renaissance (FDR), many stakeholders including the Town, local businesses, financial institutions, other non-profits, schools and artists are coming together to capitalize on the downtown’s already tremendous, if underutilized assets.
Resulting from its history as a rail hub, Framingham’s downtown possesses a robust public transit network that is used by a vast population of commuters, travelers and visitors on a daily basis. Centrally located in Downtown Framingham, the MBTA commuter rail system transects state vehicular routes 135 and 126. While the current physical condition of Downtown Framingham is improving through a collective effort by FDR, the Town of Framingham, resident small business owners, engaged citizens and renewed stakeholder interest, this well-traveled intersection reflects an unwelcoming air framed by neglect, blight and outdated billboards that promote businesses and services in places other than Downtown Framingham. FDR views this location as a critical gateway with the potential to promote the small businesses, diverse cultural assets and robust artistic community that comprise our local economy.
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