Community

Supporting the Arts, One Musician At a Time

Passim doled out $42,000 this winter to musicians with ties to New England as part of its annual effort to help artists advance their careers. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s Iguana Music Fund is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist. “It’s really to help the whole […]


Cambridge Men Explore Their Roles in the #MeToo Movement

Content warning: This article discusses gender-based violence. “Those of us who identify as male most likely learned some behaviors that were very harmful, specifically to women,” Duane de Four, a member of Mending Cambridge who works with universities, the military, and professional sports leagues to end gender-based violence, told 20 participants. “Think about some of […]


Harvard Law Students Carve Out Space for Queer Crushes

Heather Lynn Pickerell and Sejal Singh stood with drinks in hand, surrounded by friends and strangers, at Russell House Tavern in late October. The two Harvard law students had invited some of their new classmates to their inaugural “Queer Crush Happy Hour”—an evening for queer women and transgender and non- binary folks. With booze flowing, […]


CRLS Black Student Union Takes to the Press

Members of the Black Student Union, which was resurrected at Cambridge Rindge and Latin this school year, will launch a news publication focusing on the lived experiences of students of color this February. Students were inspired to start The Volume by Frederick Douglass’s anti-slavery publication, The North Star, and by the Black Panther Party’s newspaper. […]


EF Education First Brings Public-Private Partnership to the ‘Lost Half-Mile’

EF Education First took another step in revitalizing what was once known as the “lost half-mile of the Charles River” this fall when it broke ground on a 300,000-square-foot, 12-story building with dedicated public space and amenities in Cambridge’s North Point neighborhood. Cambridge is home to the North American headquarters of EF, a 52-year-old, family-owned […]


Our Best Stories of 2017

From mass protests that kicked off the beginning of the year to the bitter cold ushering December to a close, 2017 has been a wild ride. As we look back on the year, we want to highlight some of our favorite stories about the people, places, and movements that make Cambridge, Cambridge. So we hope […]



Voters Select Seven Participatory Budgeting Projects

Over 6,700 Cambridge residents voted on how to spend the city’s participatory budget, selecting seven projects in the areas of environment, community resources, streetsmarts, and youth and technology. The winning projects are 100 Trees for a Cleaner, Greener Cambridge; Critical Resource Kits for the Homeless; Flashing Crosswalks for Safer Streets; Drinking Water Across More Parks; […]


City to Offer Legal Screening Clinic for Immigrants

The City of Cambridge has established a free, monthly clinic that will help local immigrants determine what their options are for pursuing citizenship or legal status. The clinic, run by the Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship (CIRC) and the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC—pronounced “classic”), will bring in volunteer immigration lawyers. CLSACC […]


Asiyah Jewish Community Pops Up in Camberville

Situated under a massive willow tree at North Point Park, a group of roughly 20 people sang Hebrew songs accompanied by a guitar and talked philosophy. They were participating in “Tashlich by the Charles,” one of the first official gatherings of the Asiyah Jewish Community. Tashlich is a Jewish tradition during the High Holidays where […]


The Loop Lab to Open Doors for Port Neighborhood

A music and podcast recording studio is set to open in the city next fall that will be a space for underserved young people in the Port neighborhood to learn about sound engineering, music production, and workforce development. The Loop Lab is a collaboration between the lab’s two cofounders and the Cambridge Arts Council. The […]


Participatory Budget Finalists Announced

Cambridge is gearing up to select its Participatory Budget projects for FY19, and this time the city has $800,000 to play with. Officials narrowed a record-breaking 608 ideas down to 20 that community members can vote on from Dec. 2-8. Participatory Budget projects are one-time capital projects—typically related to infrastructure—that community members select to improve […]