Art and community are the foundation of almost any successful city. When you look at centuries of Spanish colonial architecture you will notice one of the most significant parts of any city is a central gathering place/plaza. While a building is important it is still just a building. What makes a place vibrant is the people that live, work, and play in that area.
Essex Modern City is a former pallet manufacturing site on what we were told was the "wrong-side" of the train tracks. We listened to those advisors and told them to kindly go kick rocks. What we saw was a neighborhood with rich culture and pride. That just needed that place to gather and foster that culture.
In response, we started hosting Second Saturday art events. Using the loading dock bays and warehouses we invited local and national street artist, musicians and vendors to come showcase their talent, and passion. It has been truly been a blessing to see the project evolve each month and become a place for people to connect, experience art and community.