Arts

My City, My Voice Fosters Teen Artistic Expression

“In the year 2222, Cambridge will be below sea level. Let’s reimagine what the Charles River area is going to be like.”  That was one piece of inspiration behind last year’s artwork for My City, My Voice, a six-week teen summer arts program, according to Teen Program Director Kenny Mascary. We are sitting at a […]


Language and Art Build Bridges at the Center for Arabic Culture

“I want the community to know what I know, because they will love it.”  That’s what Alma Richeh says about her work at the Center for Arabic Culture (CAC), where she and others explore Arab and Arab-American cultures through art and education. For more than a decade, the center—headquartered at the Somerville Armory but started at […]


Youth Program Explores Voting Through Theater

What kind of world do you want to live in? What do you think we—collectively, as a country—could do to get there? Do you think voting has any connection to that? These are some of the questions that the young people of Youth Underground, Central Square Theater’s program for people ages 13 to 25, asked […]



Community Jukebox Chosen as Public Artwork for the Foundry

A jukebox filled with community recordings will be the public art centerpiece for the Foundry building, a 37,500-square-foot space that the city is redeveloping into what Cambridge Arts describes as “a public community space for art, entrepreneurship, technology and workforce education.” The building, located at 101 Rogers St., is expected to open in 2021. Elisa […]


Almost Perfect Glass Trailblazes Environmental Activism Through Art

Vases showcasing the fuzzy white faces of polar bears and the glimmering navy bodies of whales adorn the shelves of Almost Perfect Glass, begging to spark conversation. “Anyone who comes through the studio, if they see the pieces we have that are about environmental situations, you can say they’re cool and important because they’re a […]


Winners Selected in Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest

The city has selected five winning art pieces in its Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest, which intends to put art in unoccupied storefronts. The contest, run by the Community Development Department (CDD) and Cambridge Arts, is part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan. The CDD will make digital files of each artwork available for property owners […]


Decade-long Photography Project Captures Lasting Evidence of WWI

Somerville artist Bonnell Robinson has spent the last 10 years documenting European sites associated with the conflict of WWI through vivid, black-and-white film images. The exhibition that came out of that project, “Sightlines,” is on display at Lesley University through April 7. Robinson’s connection to the work is deeply personal, spurred by a desire to learn […]


The Community That Goes With the Flow

Local Flow Artists Spin Fire, Juggling Pins, and More Hanging out with flow artists for an evening, you’ll find yourself asking a lot of questions. What, exactly, is poi? (Short ropes with balls on the end.) Is spinning fire scary? (Yes.) Is it dangerous? (Not as dangerous as you might think.) How many hours do […]


The Red Line Secedes—And That’s Just the Beginning

These First-Time Podcasters Will Derail Your Morning Commute “It’s two kidnappers, their victim, and a ghost,” Alexander Danner explains, his crisp, narratorial voice cutting through the evening din of Diesel Cafe. He takes a sip of his coffee, then finishes his sentence: “They’re arguing over how to pluralize ‘hippopotamus.’” So goes the plot of one […]


Step Into the World of the Lilypad Mural

Dan Masi spent six months of 2017 living nocturnally, sleeping during the day and painting all night, while creating the three-panel mural at the Lilypad in Inman Square. “It pretty much turned my entire body clock around, so that I was just used to being up at three in the morning, four in the morning,” […]


Passim Grant to Help Fund Multimedia Show ‘Bring Us Your Women’

As musician Catherine Capozzi visited the great churches of the world while touring with her band, she felt inspired to “believe in something.” But she also wondered how women fit into their stories. “I was traveling through different parts of France, Switzerland, Spain, all the different countries that I went to, I was thinking, ‘I […]