Located in “El Punto” Neighborhood in Salem, Mass, it features over 75 large scale murals by 30 world renowned and 25 local artists within a 3 block radius. The art aims to create neighborhood pride and increase economic opportunity for local businesses.
Through public art, PUAM aims to increase pride of place within the neighborhood and raise consciousness about social justice topics.
Punto Urban Art Museum 2023 Call for Art is inspired by an award-winning Mexican-American author, Reyna Grande. The Call is inspired by the title of the book A Dream Called Home. Reyna’s memoir is about the courage to fulfill the deep desire to have a stable home, a dream she realized by daring to pursue it. By deriving inspiration from Reyna’s memoir, PUAM is providing an opportunity and platform for creatives to share their stories that will reflect and/or connect with the life/home that communities of color continue to pursue in this country.
The 2023 National Grid Call for Art invited New England-based artists to apply for a paid opportunity to paint an 8’x8’ mural using the theme “A Dream Called Home”. We asked artists and residents to visually explore what makes or challenges the ideals of the place they call home. Participants drew upon their own experiences or inspiration from quotes from Grande’s memoir.