2014 Cambridge Arts Council Grant Recipients

Photo courtesy of the Hip Hop Transformation

34 artists and organizations have received grants from the Cambridge Arts Council to assist them in their efforts in making the city a more creative place. Full list, after the jump:


Deepti Navaratna
Carnatic Singing Circles workshop and concert
Music, Individual, Creating & Presenting

Deepti Navaratna has put together a series of workshops that teach the ancient South Indian tradition of Carnatic Melody. Participants will have the opportunity to learn Raaga, the philosophy of sound, melodic grammar and musical intent and Nada Yoga in singing circles. The series will conclude with a concert at the Multicultural Arts Center. Workshop is free and open to people of all communities, no music training required.


Sarah Gluck
New England Americana Festival, 2014
Music, Individual, Education & Access

We welcome the fifth installment of the New England Americana Festival in September 2014. The event will take place over 3 days and 6 venues. The two outdoor stages in Wintrop Park and Brattle Plaza will host free concerts and family games. There will be tickets available for $18/one night or $30/two nights for indoor venues.


Cambridge Community Center, Inc
The Hip Hop Transformation
Music, Organization, Creating & Presenting

Musicians, Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance give voice to Cambridge youth in a twelve-week program that encourages pro-social behavior and violence prevention by teaching teens how to dissect lyrics, be mindful about music, and gives them the chance to write, record and perform their own music.


Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
CSO Chamber Players Cambridge Outreach Series
Music, Organization, Creating & Presenting

The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra has put together a series of after school interactive educational performances for school-aged children, giving access to students to try out instruments and ask questions. Concerts for the general public will occur at the public library as well as intimate performances for the elderly at Cadbury Commons and Youville House.


Grand Harmonie
Shakespeare the Romantic
Music, Organization, Creating & Presenting

Grand Harmonie will give a historically-informed performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at First Church Congregational, Cambridge on May 8th, 2014. Shakespeare the Romantic will use period instruments and feature the music of Felix Mendelssohn, complimented by Friedrich Kuhlau’s William Shakespeare Overture and Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to Oberon. Local women’s vocal group Lorelei Ensemble will be featured in select songs. And guest conductor, David Alexander Rahbee rounds out the chorus from the University of Washington.


Lorelei Ensemble
Music, Organization, Creating & Presenting

Three notable composers collaborate under the Artistic Direction of Beth Willer to combine sacred and secular concepts in a classical music performance that will take place at Harvard University’s Memorial Church on May 23, 2014 and Boston University’s Marsh Chapel on May 24, 2014 at 8pm. Tickets are $20/adults, $12/students. Discounted/Free tickets are available for student groups. www.loreleiensemble.com

Powers Music School
The Neighborhood Concert Series
Music, Organization, Creating & Presenting

The Powers Music School offers free, high-quality music performances at the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center. Series will be open to the public. Music from diverse genres, time periods and cultural origins will be performed followed by faculty led discussion.  www.powersmusic.org


Metea Koronas
The Cambridge Spark Project
Dance, Individual, Education & Access

Matea Koronas collaborates with MetaMovements and Cambridge Dance Complex  in a youth lead leadership and communication building 3 month workshop. High School students will take free dance lessons and learn how to teach middleschoolers dance giving them confidence to take back to the classroom. Program will end in a free performance at the Cambridge Dance Complex  in May 2014. www.metamovements.com

Anna Myer and Dancers
In the Paint
Dance/multi, Organization, Creating & Presenting

In the Paint is  comprised of three touching allegories of three young men who delve into harsh truths and self-discovery on the basketball court. Spoken word, hip hop dance and storytelling are combined in this mixed-genre performance. Tickets :$20 Students, $35 Adults  – Five performances (6/6, 6/7, 6/12, 6/13, 6/14)  www.annamyeranddancers.org

The Dance Complex, Inc.
aMaSSiT Lab and Performance
Dance, Organization, Creating & Presenting

Leaders  of dance mentor younger dancers and teach mentoring  in 5 three hour workshops cummilating in a performance that engages audience in the the process and philosophy of dance.  A Make it, Share it , Show it  will be performed in a concer of wowrks ath The Dance Complex’s Julie Ince Thompson Theatre in May 2014.  To participate in the lab ($60-75), Audience tickets to A Make it, Share it, Show it $15-20  www.dancecomplex.org

Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theatre of Boston, Inc.
Dance for World Community’s Dance Against Racism
Dance, Organization, Education & Access

Dance Against Racism is a collaborative dance and discussion revolved around issues of race and community. 20-40 youth performers will perform from Jose Mateo Ballet Theater Youthworks Program, Origination Inc., Triveni Ensemble and Jo-Me Dance. Event is free and open to the public on April 26, 2014 at Jose Mateo Ballet Theather -400 Harvard St. Cambridge.


Prometheus Dance, Inc.
Series 26: International Workshops Initiative
Dance, Organization, Education & Access

Professional Development for dancers and choreographers to develop  indepth, intellectual dance study.  Local dancers will have the chance to expand on the philopophy of dance at affordable prices. $20 Master Class, $35 Immersion Workshop. Scholorships and Discounts Available.


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Christopher Duffy
You’re the Expert
Theater, Individual, Creating & Presenting

Comedy and Science intersect in Christopher Duffy’s  live tapping  of educational pod-cast You’re the Expert. Audience will participate in guessing, therefore, giving material to three sketch comics. This live event will be free and open to the public as part of  the Cambridge Science Festival on April 23, 2014 at the MIT Museum.  www.christopheriduffy.com

Liars &Believers
Theater, Organization, Creating & Presenting

Award winning Liar & Believers join American Repetory Theater to produce a modern take on the ancient Greek myth, Icarus. Set in Depression-era, Icarus uses an original score, live band, puppetry and burlesque to entertain and explore challenges to our values in times of economic hardship. Performed at OBERON, May 1-May 11, 2014. Tickets cost $20- discounts available.  www.liarsandbelievers.com

Stickball Productions
Two Boys Lost production
Theater, Organization, Creating & Presenting

Two Boys Lost is a full length family drama that centers itself around a mentally-ill and homeless son. Inspired by by playwright, Bill Doncaster’s experience working at CASPAR shelter on Albany Street in Cambridge, Stickball Productions  dedicates itself to being accessible to a non-tradional audience and will  take place in a non-traditional venue. Tickets $20.  www.stickballproductions.com

True Story Theater, Inc.
True Stories of the Port
Theater, Organization, Creating & Presenting

True Story Theather collaborates with Sarah Boyle to present three stories from her collection of oral histories taken from residents of Area 4, in Cambridge, The Port.  More than 500 people were interviewed  for “We Are the Port”, a book that will be published this spring. Presentations are free and open to the public at three community venues (Community Art Center, Margaret Fuller House and Underground Railway Theater).


Hands on History
Hands on History: The American Revolutionary War
Theater, Organization, Education & Access

Hands on History brings the American Revolution to fifth grade students. They learn about the lives of the Continential Soldier, French Army, German Hessians, and the British Royal Army; and get access to $80,000 worth of articfacts from the colonial period.


Survivor Theatre Project/ Cambridge Women’s Center FA
Performance Project for Survivors
Theater, Organization, Education & Access

Survivor Theatre Project will host a workshop for 8-10 survivors of sexual abuse,which will teach survivors theater skills. Participants will build an ensemble, and create a short play that will be performed with a post-dialogue in Central Square inNovember 2014.  Workshops will be lead by an artist and supported by a psychotherapist.  Tickets $10-$20.


Underground Railway Theater / Central Square Theater
Brundibar Connectivity and Engagement
Theater, Organization, Education & Access

The Underground Railway Theather will produce Tony Kushner’s translations of Brundibar by Hans Krasa and Adolf Hoffmeister. Bundibar  will engage a diverse group of Cambridge resident actors, and will look to include children in the casting of the chorus. But the Giraffe! A one act play  will precede the opera. Tickets $15, discounts available.



Community Art Center
Do It Your Damn Self! National Youth Film Festival
Film/Video, Organization, Education & Access

DIYDS!! was started by four Cambridge teens in 1996 who felt unrepresented in the media, and now, in its 17th year, is the longest-running youth-curated film festival in the country. DIYDS!! features short videos and films created by teens from around the world curated and presented by teens of the Commuinity Art Center’s film program.


LEF Foundation
The Docyard
Film/Video, Organization, Creating & Presenting

The DocYard is a biweekly screening series at the Brattle Theatre that brings the inspiring, challening, innovative documentary films and fimmalkers from around the world to Cambridge Adueinces.  Each screening is followed by a thought-provoking Q & A with a visting director and/or filmmaker with the goal of fostering and ongoing dialouge around the art of documentary storytelling, while buidling a vibrant creative community for local fimmmakers, film students and passionate film-goers.

www.lef-foundation.org, www.thedocyard.com




Lo Galluccio
Fear, Trembling and Renewal: Poetry for the silver
Literature, Individual, Education & Access

Two intensive poetry workshops in April 2014 at the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center designed to engage participants in writing several different kinds of poetry styles while incoporating the autobiographical poems and works of Norma Roth, nationally renowed writer and poet, on themes around the process of aging “gracefully and defiantly”.



Beverly Mire
Where Have all the Honeybees Gone?
Multi. Individual, Education & Access

Cambridge Ridnge and Latin HighSchool students will study and research the decline of the honeybee population and the resulting impact it could have on our food supply. They will gather data by intervieing experts, scientsists, member of the Cambridge Community, local beekeepers, and a local honey supplier.  The will then create audio documentary about their findings on decline of honeybee population and alos included a photo presentation.

 Cambridge-Bethlehem People-to-People Project
“Palestinians in Cambridge: Stories from a Diaspora”
Multi. Organization, Creating & Presenting

An exhibitionto be held at the Multicultural Arts Center about people’s lives, identities, and sense of place in Cambridge that will humanzie and ill-understtod people and offer insights into a region in crisis.  Indivdiual stories will be represented through phographic protraits and texts from interviews of Cambridge-connected individuals of the Palestinian diaspora describing their identities and experiences, with supporting educational materials including maps, hisotrical timelines, and events to provide further context.

Cambridge Forum, Inc.
My Life Touched by Art: Series of Conversations
Multi. Organization, Education & Access

A discussion series featuring non-artists whose lives have been changed by “rubbing shoulders” with the arts with the goal of  demonstrating a varitety of occupations where the arts have an unexpected impact and to explore that impact in a meaningful way.


Visual Arts:

Bruce Myren
The Washington Elm
Visual Arts, Individual, Creating & Presenting

Washington Elm looks at historic elm trees that are located in Cambridge and focuses on the importance of trees in urban environment. Twenty large scale photographs will be on display at Cambridge Historical Society.  Free and open to the public. www.brucemyren.com

Emily Belz
Digital Photography for English Language Learners
Visual Arts, Individual, Education & Access

This 10 week class meets twice a week and motivates English Language Learners by giving them a chance to express themselves and to document their experience. Students are also learning technology skills that are job transferable. Classes are free at Community Learning Center.


Gallery 263
Curatorial Proposal Series
Visual Arts, Organization, Creating & Presenting

The Curatorial Proposal Series (CPS) is Gallery 263’s main exhibition program, exhibiting primarily local artists. Located in residential Cambridgeport,Gallery 263 prides itself on adding to the neighborhood with music, quality art and events. Four exhibits will be held at the gallery  in 2014,(2 Spring/2 Fall). Free and open to the public. $25 Application fee for artists and curators.  www.gallery263.com

Dan Mazur & David Kender
MICE: The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo
Visual Arts, Organization, Creating & Presenting

MICE is an artist run organiation dedicated to supporting comics as a viable art form. The two day Comics Expo will host classroom sessions, panel discussions and workshops to educate and encourage comic writers and fans. Event is free. $50 Artists Table  www.micexpo.org

Cambridge Art Association
Visual Arts, Organization, Education & Access

Cambridge Art Association and Cambridge Creativity Commons reach out to Cambridge Public School students  to educate and produce decorative art and functional objects from recycled materials. Students will take fieldtrips to a recycling plant and public art installations made from or inspired by recycled materials and have the opportunity to display their work publically at  University Place Gallery in Harvard Square in April 2014.


Cambridge Creativity Commons
Creativity Club
Visual Arts, Organization, Education & Access

Afterschool club at Putnam Avenue Uppper School  will create a film project that will be displayed at two Cambridge Arts Festivals. Creativity Club hosts artists and scientists who engage students in dialogue to brainstorm, critique and set goals through the creative process. Cambridge Creativity Commons branches the arts, science and community arts  in this program designed for 10-13 year old students. www.cambridgecreativitycommons.org

Field Trip:

Community Art Center, Inc.
Wheelock Family Theater
Field Trip, Organization

The Cambridge Arts Council will bring 112 students to two performances for, 52 students and 4 chaperones each:  Hairspray and Where the Moutain Meets the Moon.


Agassiz Baldwin Community
Puppet Showplace Theater
Field Trip, Organization

The Cambridge Arts Council will bring 40 students  and 4 chaperones to Puppet Showplace Theatre.

40 students 4 chaperones


Agassiz Baldwin Community
Museum of Fine Arts
Field Trip, Organization

The Cambridge Arts Council will bring 25 students  and 5 chaperones to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

25 students 5 chaperones


For more information, check the official list at the CAC homepage