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Beyond Walls (fiscally sponsored by Neighborhood Development Associates Inc.)

 10 Church Street
 Lynn, MA 01902
[P] (781) 309-7551
[F] --
Al Wilson
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EIN 04-3240183

LAST UPDATED: 12/13/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Beyond Walls activates space to strengthen communities.

Mission Statement

Beyond Walls activates space to strengthen communities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $1,105,500.00
Projected Expense $1,100,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Beyond Walls Mural Festival

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Mission Statement

Beyond Walls activates space to strengthen communities.

Background Statement

Our mission is to activate space to strengthen community. We do this by installing epic art that transforms space and connects people. Our goals revolve around driving positive economic change and bolstering community engagement through the improvement and activation of the physical landscape. Through these objectives, we strive to make Lynn a safer and more economically viable city, all while ensuring Lynn is known as a cultural and artistic hub, buzzing with energy and art. We are fiscally sponsored by Neighborhood Development Associates (NDA) Inc. and are currently working towards incorporation.

We were founded in 2017 as an entirely volunteer-driven initiative. In response to community input desiring increased walkability and more public art, using grassroots efforts, we produced four flagship projects. We facilitated a 15 wall Mural Festival in the summer of 2017, installed 600 linear feet of dynamic LED Lighting under three dimly lit, high crime and high pedestrian strike area underpasses, installed 12 vintage neon artworks on shadowy street corners, and created a sculpture paying homage to Lynn’s industrial past.

In August 2018 we held a second Mural Festival where we installed 31 pieces of public art by 24 world class street artists. Over the two weeks of the Festival we also partnered with local arts and cultural organizations to host 50 events downtown that showcased the rich cultural diversity of the city.

Impact Statement

Accomplishment 1: Completion of a second Mural Festival where we brought 24 internationally recognized street artists to install 31 pieces of public art. Over this two week run, we also partnered with local organizations and promoted 50 diverse arts and cultural events.

Accomplishment 2: Completion of the lighting of three main, previously dimly lit underpasses in Downtown Lynn. This project brought together partners in the municipal, private, and public sector to install 600 linear feet of dynamic LED lighting. On June 27th we gathered our partners and dedicated the project to the City of Lynn with roughly 500+ attendees.

Accomplishment 3: Installation of twelve pieces of vintage neon artworks to the downtown cityscape. These neon signs not only serve as intriguing pieces of artwork but also provide increased lighting and promote more walkability.

Accomplishment 4: Assembled inaugural, working, seven person Board of Directors and held initial strategic planning retreat with Board and Staff. This included interviews with community stakeholders and Design Thinking exercises. From this work, we are producing a strategic plan and are working to incorporate as a 501c3.

Goal 1: Complete incorporation as independent 501c3 and produce strategic plan.

Goal 2: Engage in second round of community feedback and engagement sessions for future projects.

Goal 3: Align partners and begin planning of a temporary, waterfront public park and open air art gallery.

Needs Statement

Need 1: Increased financial support from current funding partners and identification and acquisition of new supporters.

Need 2: Increased support from our in-kind service providers for design, construction, and labor for our projects including our waterfront engagement.

Need 3: The completion of our strategic plan.

Need 4: Full incorporation as a 501c3 and independent finances and financial systems from fiscal sponsor

Need 5: Office infrastructure needs including CRM/Database, consistent office space, technology and general administrative support.

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Geographic Area Served


Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Community Celebrations
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
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Beyond Walls Mural Festival

The Beyond Walls Mural Festival is a public art and community celebration that takes place in downtown Lynn over two weeks in the summer. Internationally renowned artists that reflect the cultural diversity of Lynn are aligned to walls and install pieces of high impact, large scale street art. There is also a diverse range of programming each day of the Festival (2018 boasted 50 events through our expansive community partnerships) where the community has opportunities to engage with the visiting artists, fellow neighbors, and visiting festival goers. With each year of the festival, Beyond Walls is able to expand our reach via more implementations, activations, programming, and opportunities that spur the economy in downtown Lynn.
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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Public Art Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  In the short term, our Mural Festivals change the look of downtown through installation of high impact art. In 2017 we installed 15 murals and in 2018 we installed 31. The breadth and high visibility of these art pieces will ensure Lynn as a destination and catalyze downtown Lynn’s revitalization.
Program Long-Term Success 

In the long term, we will strengthen our impact in Lynn in a multitude of ways. We will continue to take on projects that activate the physical landscape, bolster the local economy, and create positive social change. Through leveraging our foothold in the arts and culture space in Lynn and utilizing earned media, we will continue to help foster a positive narrative about Lynn.

Driving positive economic change and bolstering community engagement through the improvement and activation of the physical landscape will make Lynn a safer and more economically viable city, all while ensuring Lynn is known as a cultural and artistic hub, buzzing with energy and epic art.

Program Success Monitored By 

Since our inception, our work has been driven by community feedback and impact evaluation. Our inaugural projects were inspired by community meetings conducted by (third party) Interface Studios which demonstrated a desire for more public art and increased lighting and walkability. After the 2017 festival we gathered benchmark data, through a partnership with MassDevelopment and the arts and culture strategy firm, Webb Management, to measure our impact in Lynn.

We plan to partner with Webb Management again and continue this work in 2018 through evaluating data collected, online ticketing, surveys in multiple languages, and continued work with business owners to access their financials for evaluation

We will begin another round of community feedback through a partnership with Lynn-based consultants ChangeUp Global and utilize Design Thinking strategies to gather feedback and evaluate and iterate our programming.

Examples of Program Success  In our 2017 Impact Study, Webb Management gathered quantitative and qualitative data that reported positive economic and social impact from our festival. Highlights included 5,500 visitors spending $110,000 in new income downtown, and 83% of surveyed business owners citing increased foot traffic. This impact study also documented 75+ pieces of Beyond Walls generated positive media with overall circulation having a value of $400,000+. This combined with 4.5 million social media impressions contributed to an extremely positive portrayal of Lynn throughout the summer of 2017. Our work has continued to be featured in Greater Boston print and broadcast media, with fantastic coverage of our Underpass Lighting, Vintage Neon, and 2018 Mural Festival.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Alfred Wilson
CEO Term Start Jan 2017
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Award Awarding Organization Year
Lynn City Pride Award Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce 2018
Gateway Cities Award Mass. Inc 2017


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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 10
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Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
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Gender Female: 2
Male: 2
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
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Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A


Board Chair Mr. Rick Jakious
Board Chair Company Affiliation Office of Congressman Seth Moulton
Board Chair Term Jan 2018 -
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Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ana Colmenero Community Volunteer --
Diane Danielson SVN International Corp. --
Julie Gerschick Surren LLC --
Gordon Hall The Hall Company --
Carolina Trujillo Essex Media Group; La Voz --
Christopher Whitlock ChangeUp Global --

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Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
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Gender Female: 4
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

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Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
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Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

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Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $1,105,500.00
Projected Expense $1,100,000.00
Form 990s

2017 NDA Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 NDA Audited Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Beyond Walls is a new nonprofit and is fiscally sponsored by Neighborhood Development Associates, Inc. (NDA). As such, NDA's FY17 990 and audit are posted above.


Other Documents

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