3 Nov

Fitchburg Arts Community Groundbreaking Draws a Big Crowd of Fans

Derek Craig, Board Member,

Thursday, November 2, 2023, a very large and enthusiastic crowd gathered on Academy Street to celebrate the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Fitchburg Arts Community. While the temperature at 10 am was a chilly 39 degrees, guests arrived with warm hearts, ready to celebrate the long-awaited milestone. NewVue Board Member Derek Craig welcomed guests and jumpstarted a series of meaningful comments from several public officials, funders, and others who have played a large role in moving the project forward. “This project is going to be more than just buildings. It’s going to be a canvas for creativity, culture, and connection, with 68 spaces for artists to live, create, and showcase their work. We are not just building homes; we’re crafting a vibrant hub that will enrich and elevate Fitchburg’s art scene,” said Craig. While construction equipment could be heard humming in the background, Mayor Steven DiNatale, State Senator John Cronin, and State Representative Micheal Kushmerek each spoke to the value of the Fitchburg Arts Community and the stamina of NewVue, the City, and partners to see this project through ten years of progress and challenges.


Ed Agustus, Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities, and Dan Rivera, President and CEO MassDevelopment, made time to celebrate with the city and offered their congratulations for the unique reuse of three historic buildings and the impact of the project in our community and throughout the Commonwealth. In a follow-up to the event, Dan Rivera said “It was an honor to take part in this celebration, which was the culmination of 10-plus years of hard work by NewVue Communities and so many partners. Breaking ground on the Fitchburg Arts Community was an incredible milestone, and we can’t wait to come together again soon to cut the ribbon on this important project.”

NewVue Executive Director Marc Dohan led the ceremony, and while not so tall in stature, it was clear that he has a heart as big Texas for affordable housing projects and, more specifically, what the Fitchburg Arts Community will mean for the residents and businesses of the City of Fitchburg and the region.

Enjoy watching a video of the full groundbreaking ceremony beautifully captured by Nathan Glenny, Executive Director, Fitchburg Access Television.


Below is a list of all event speakers. Each offered congratulations for the accomplishments thus far, comments that will clearly fuel the work of everyone moving forward.

Event Speakers

Marc Dohan, Executive Director, NewVue

Derek Craig, Resident of North of Main, NewVue Board Member

Stephen DiNatale, Mayor, City of Fitchburg

John Cronin, State Senator

Michael Kushmerek, State Representative

Jake Mastrandrea   Aid to Representative Lori Trahan

Ed Augustus, Secretary of Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities

Dan Rivera, CEO, MassDevelopment

Roger Herzog,  Executive Director, CDAC

Mark Teden, Vice President of Rental Housing and MassHousing

Moddie Turay, CEO, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation

Nick Capasso,   Executive Director, Fitchburg Art Museum

Michael Williams, Relationship Manager, NeighborWorks America

Tom Gray, Board President, NewVue

Dolores Thibault-Muñoz, Deputy Director, NewVue