For third year, US2 Sponsors Fluff Festival!

 Photo Credit: Union Square Main Streets

Photo Credit: Union Square Main Streets


US2 was thrilled to serve as a sponsor of what was arguably the most fun Fluff Festival yet: Fluff U, A Sweet Education! Fluff fanatics swarmed the Square, all eager to receive a unique diploma from the sweet, sticky campus while indulging in marshmallow-inspired creations.

This year’s Cooking Contest sponsor, US2 has participated as a Fluff Festival sponsor for the last three years. US2 Team Member Becca is a proud ‘Fluff Committee’ member, where talks of next year’s festival are already in the works! Click here to view Union Square Main Streets’ fluff-tastic pictures from the event.

Local Artist Emily Garfield Maps Somerville With A Little Help From Her Friends.

Somerville artist Emily Garfield is best known for creating intricate maps of imaginary places that explore the origins of cities and the function of maps themselves. She has been involved in Somerville arts as the 2014 coordinator for Somerville Open Studios (SOS) and as a board member for both SOS and Artisan's Asylum.

Last Sunday, Emily operated a collaborative mapmaking booth at the SomerStreets Monster Mashed Up celebration where residents of all ages came together to express their interpretations of maps both real and imagined, including many views of Somerville and its residents.

Their creation is being featured through the end of October at the new Workbar Union at 31 Union Square where residents can enjoy it while taking advantage of Somerville’s newest coworking space. Workbar Union is offering free use of its facility through Friday October 23rd.

ICYMI: Union Square Main Streets, US2 Announce Fluff Festival Cooking Contest Winners!

Here is the information you have all been waiting for from this year’s Fluff Festival, the winners of the Cooking Contest. They are:

    Grand Prize Best Overall: Briana Appel for Cluster Fluffs

    Best Youth Entry: Rachel Hendrickson for Chocolatey Fluffer-Nutter Noodle Pudding

    Best Original: Holiday Inn Somerville for Guiness Stout Chocolate Pie

    Best Traditional: Michele Kosciak for Salted “Never Fail Fudge” Delights

• Most Creative: Ezra Juskewitch and Cat Folet for Pumpkin and Sriracha Fluffenadas withTomato Fluff Chutney


Union Square Main Streets and US2, the City’s master developer partner for Union Square’s revitalization are seeking contestants for Union Square’s Fluff Festival “What the Fluff? Cooking Contest.”

Does Marshmallow Fluff inspire you to create culinary works of art? Have you ever used Fluff as a secret ingredient? Is there a fabulous recipe featuring Fluff that’s been passed down in your family for generations? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should submit your creation to the “What the Fluff? Cooking Contest!”

Organized by Union Square Main Streets, the Fluff Festival is a tribute to Archibald Query’s marshmallow concoction, which was invented in Union Square in 1917. Now celebrating its tenth year, the event has been called one of the top ten things to do in Boston by The Boston Phoenix and made Thrillist’s “Boston Bucket List: 33 Things To Do Before You Die.”

What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention takes place Saturday, September 26, 2015 (rain date September 27) from 3:00pm until 7:00pm in Union Square.

This year’s Cooking Contest is sponsored by US2 and gives participants the opportunity submit their Fluff-based culinary creations to a panel of judges who will present awards in five categories:

·      Best Original Recipe

·      Best Traditional Recipe

·      Most Creative

·      Best Youth Entry

·      Grand Prize: Best Overall


Favorite recipes from past festivals have included Erupting Fluff Volcano Cake, Fluff Avocado Ice Cream, Chicken Wings in a Fluff Barbecue Sauce, and a chessboard made in cake and fudge.

Registration for the Cooking Contest is from 2:45pm until 3:15pm.  Contestants are asked to bring at least six servings of their recipe, a print out of their written recipe, and a completed registration form, which can be found here. Registration forms will also be available on site.

Additional information on the Cooking Contest can be found on the Union Square Main Streets website.

US2 Selects Local Artist For Headquarters Wall Feature Mural Artist Crystal Rene Burney To Produce Tribute To Union Square

Somerville, MA --- Union Square Station Associates (US2), the City of Somerville’s master developer partner for Union Square’s revitalization, today announced that it has selected mural artist Crystal Rene´ Burney to design a mural celebrating Union Square in the new headquarters it will share with coworking space network Workbar.


 Somerville Times

Somerville Times

Burney is a prominent local artist and art teacher for the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain. She has been a Somerville resident for the last 11 years and lives in Ball Square with her five-year-old son, Hatcher. Burney is responsible for the mural on the fountain bed at Trum Field, and the television network A&E previously commissioned her work for their television program Flipping Boston.

In May, US2 asked local artists to submit proposals for a wall feature in their new headquarters that reflects the vibrancy, diversity and potential of Union Square. In response, Burney submitted a sketch for a mural called Friday which is, in her words, “not only a symbolic tribute to all that Union Square offers municipally and commercially, but a piece that more importantly represents the closely knit, diverse community that makes Union Square such a vibrant part of Somerville’s cultural and historical heritage.”

“We received a number of outstanding proposals, but Crystal’s vision for a mural depicting the values, vitality, history and future of Union Square stood out,” said Greg Karczewski, president of US2.

Burney’s personal story is one inspired by the same sort of passion found in the many local artists who make Union Square a center for creativity. She says she started painting murals “out of necessity.” “While completing my degree in poetry, I designed residential murals to pay tuition. Eventually, my passion for painting and designing became greater than my love of writing and gave me a more energized focus,” said Burney. “My artwork spoke to people the way my words never could.”

“Workbar prides itself on the creativity and innovation of our members, the vibrancy of our work environment, and the sense of community and collaboration our network provides,” said Bill Jacobson, Founder & CEO of Workbar. “That’s why we’re excited to be part of Union Square and that’s why Crystal’s mural will be a perfect fit for the US2-Workbar space.”

In June, US2 and Workbar announced a partnership to operate a 2,500 square foot ground floor coworking space at 31 Union Square, the former home of Elegant Furniture which closed last fall and has been vacant since.  For its local headquarters, US2 will locate its offices within the coworking space.

The US2-Workbar coworking space is expected to open this fall.

Call for Art Submissions!


Union Square Station Associates (US2) seeks artists based in Somerville, Massachusetts to design and install a wall feature inside the new US2 headquarters and coworking space, located at 31 Union Square. Submissions may include murals, 2D wall art, and interactive features or exhibits. The selected artist should draw inspiration from the funky, vibrant and diverse Union Square community and the potential future of the Union Square neighborhood and translate it into a design.



Interior wall; dimensions 13’ high by 25’ wide. It is at the artist’s discretion whether to use all or a portion of the area.  Surface is currently dry wall, which could be primed or left unpainted. Please state your preference.


•  Application form (below)

•  Sketch of proposed design

•  Two recent work samples

•  Production schedule

•  Artist biography and statement



•  The total budget for the project is $2,000

•  The budget must include all artist fees and costs associated with the design, including materials, installation and protective coatings.

•  The project must be completed on or before July 13



All applications must be received no later than Monday, June 22 at 5:00 PM. Please email all information to






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