Art encourages moviegoers to dream big at Springfield’s Stearns Square Park

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By Shaina Mishkin |

What do Springfield residents want to do when they grow up? According to chalk writing on a recently-painted Stearns Square wall, answers include “build a home,” “own a farm,” and “retire in Paris.”

The recent addition to Stearns Square, a black wall adorned with the white heading “When I Grow Up…, room for passerby to write their goals and the hashtag “#PassOnThePositive,” was sponsored by the Springfield Central Cultural District and MassDevelopment.

In a press release, Morgan Drewniany, interim director of the Cultural District, said the wall garnered attention from young attendees of theSpringfield Under the Stars movie night, which takes place in Stearns Square Park. The three-movie September series screened “The Sandlot” and “The Princess Bride” on Wednesday, September 16, and Wednesday, September 23, respectively. The series concludes with “Office Space” on Wednesday, September 30.

“Last week, we had kids on their siblings’ shoulders, scrambling to write what they wanted to be,” Drewniany said.

2015-09-24 08.07.42.jpgA painted utility box.

Attendees at the September 23 screening saw the creation of two other pieces of art. Painters Mischa Epstein and Carole Singh were recruited through an August call to beautify Stearns Square utility boxes. The two artists painted their designs during the screening of “The Princess Bride.”

Art in Springfield MA City Mosaic Evan Plotkin Artist John Simpson