MassDevelopment Launches Commonwealth Places Campaign for the Malden ARTLine

$27,000 goal to win matching grant through MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places Initiative

May 3, 2018


Kelsey Abbruzzese, MassDevelopment, 617-330-2086 & 617-448-9077 (cell)

Jonathan Berk, Patronicity, 617-750-6008

Naomi Brave, Malden Arts

MassDevelopment and Malden Arts today announced a new campaign through Commonwealth Places, a collaborative initiative of MassDevelopment and the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity, to create the Malden ARTLine. The ARTLine will be a premier public art gallery with miles of professional murals, sculptures, and community hubs. These hubs will feature bursts of art, greenscapes, pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, and gathering spaces that will fuel economic growth by creating unique and interesting places throughout Malden. Malden Arts is a volunteer nonprofit organization working to bring arts to Malden.

“This project will serve as a cultural and economic asset to Malden residents and businesses, increasing foot traffic and piquing interest in this important Gateway City,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “We look forward to supporting the ARTLine, which will serve as a vibrant welcome for those visiting Malden.”

“We are thrilled to bring the ARTLine to Malden,” said Naomi Brave with the Malden Arts. “It will be a unique outdoor art gallery drawing people from all over the region to enjoy Malden's creativity, history, and economic vitality.”

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $27,000 by June 30 at midnight, the project will win a matching grant with funds from MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program. Learn more and donate at

Commonwealth Places is a collaborative initiative from MassDevelopment and Patronicity that leverages public support for placemaking projects through crowdfunding and a matching grant from MassDevelopment. The program engages residents in the development of strategic projects in their towns and cities. In June 2017, MassDevelopment announced $1 million in funding for the second year of the program, which has supported successful campaigns across the Commonwealth, from Northampton to Hyannis. Communities, nonprofits, and other entities can learn more about these successful projects, donate to ongoing campaigns, and apply at

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2017, MassDevelopment financed or managed 377 projects generating investment of more than $4.3 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 9,488 jobs and build or rehabilitate 1,863 residential units.