Downtown Beautification

Photo by Ben Carpenter of our public art project at the 60 State Street parking lot in downtown Montpelier.

Every day, we make Montpelier beautiful. We  plant and maintain flowers that adorn our city streets and City Hall Plaza, create public art like the North Branch River installation, bring a holiday twinkle to our downtown streets, add new benches and trash cans downtown, and organize Montpelier’s Green Up Day. Your support helps us create those moments where people can’t help but wonder at what a beautiful city we live in!

Bridge Illumination Project
Beginning in November 2024, Montpelier Alive will create a spectacular new cityscape by lighting Montpelier’s historic downtown bridges. After catastrophic flooding in July of 2023, the country’s smallest capital demonstrated its resiliency and community spirit in bringing back its downtown. Lighting the bridges that span the North Branch and Winooski Rivers will celebrate the return of this special city, draw visitors and residents to its downtown, create new spaces to celebrate and gather and provide greater pedestrian safety. 

Renewal Project
Starting in October 2023, Montpelier Alive, in partnership with generous grants from the Vermont Community Foundation and National Life,  installed art in downtown storefront windows with the “Renewal Project."  Witnessing the story of Montpelier’s history with flooding and the tenacity of its resilient citizens through artists' eyes nourishes conversations about how to move forward in light of such profound loss.

ArtSynergy Project

Public Art Master Plan
The Montpelier ArtSynergy Project was a  community initiative, in collaboration with Montpelier Alive, the City of Montpelier, and the Community Engagement Lab, that developed a strategic Public Art Master Plan and community-wide vision for how public art can be integrated into the framework of the City of Montpelier.

Community Quilt

Community Quilt
Montpelier Alive's Tumbling Blocks Quilt, installed in March 2021 at the Montpelier Transit Center, serves to stitch together our community.

60 State Street Asphalt Mural

60 State Street Asphalt Mural
Our mural at 60 State Street, designed by local artist Rob Hitzig, brings color and vibrancy to a downtown parking lot.

North Branch River Art 
Like a piece of jewelry highlighting our river, next to the Langdon Street Bridge.  Inspired by an art installation in Quebec City in 2008.

Projected Poems in vacant storefront Community Projector Project

Our new Community Projection project, in partnership with the Montpelier Public Arts Commission, provides a world of possibilities to showcase artwork in our downtown.