It’s pretty remarkable how many skilled, creative makers live in Cambridge—so many that I had a hard time picking the few that we included in this issue. We have bakers and brewers, muralists and musicians. And all with a fascinating story to tell about how their work is inspired by their city.
On the cover, we have rapper King Fiya, who was born and raised in Cambridge and works with a close-knit community of childhood friends and family—a profile that, as a former music journalist, I have to admit I’m a little biased towards reading and re-reading (p. 22).
Inside the magazine, we tried to cater to different interests and different readers: Those who want to know about an expert’s process from a distance, and others who want to dive right in and learn how to make something themselves. On one hand, I had the opportunity to learn about how non-alcoholic beer is brewed from Cambridge-via-Ireland resident Ronan McGovern (p. 20), and I got to drink my first non-alcoholic beer with the maker himself at 730 Tavern in Central Square.
We also dove into changes that residents, new and old, are making in their communities. We have profiles on the non-profit organizations Food For Free (p. 30), which is making food more accessible to all, and Just A Start (p. 26), which is quite literally making space by creating affordable housing. Our former intern, and current interim fellow Elie Levine spent a little over a month investing herself in the student-led Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign for our news story—explaining how the university is being accused of contributing to the prison-industrial complex (p. 14).
This has turned into a wonderfully visual and distinct issue of Scout, and I’m proud to have it on the stands. I’m also proud to invite the community to our free celebration event for this issue at Somerville’s Aeronaut on March 22, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Come join us and a few of our favorite makers as they demonstrate some of their skills, and we break down how we make our magazine every two months.
As always, thanks for reading!