First held in May 2013, the Series opened with a weekend-long pop-up gallery called ArtPOP::transit. The art show commenced with a Friday night reception, and featured an opportunity to view a variety of mixed media, meet the artists, and learn about Downtown Framingham’s arts community. Attendees listened and danced to house music, and discussed the future of Downtown Framingham as a growing hub for the many fragmented yet robust artist scenes in and around MetroWest.
The Series created a new art happening in Downtown Framingham to highlight the existence of a budding creative economy for the town. People purchased original artwork while learning about the communities of creatives and their prolific studios housed in locations at the Bancroft Building on Fountain Street, studios at Tripp Street, and in the mill buildings of Saxonville. The Series marked the initiation of FDR’s strategy to develop a downtown arts district that will provide a central place to promote and organize Framingham artists and art entrepreneurs.