Connected \\ March 21, 2018
Embracing Salem’s new museum
A NEW MUSEUM has opened in Salem with an ambitious mission: to use public art to break down an invisible barrier that exists between one predominantly Latino neighborhood and the rest of the city.
“It’s no secret in Salem that there is a lot of stigma around the Point neighborhood and directed at the people of this neighborhood,” said Mickey Northcutt, chief executive officer of the North Shore Community Development Coalition. “Our focus is the Point, but we know this is a dynamic that exists in urban America and really all over the world.”
The PUNTO Urban Art Museum, officially launched in September, is a curated arts district with 50 outdoor murals within a three-block radius. Most of the works are painted on affordable-housing properties owned by the NSCDC, injecting the neighborhood with an infusion of color while also giving people a reason to come visit.