Semi-finalists Chosen in Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest

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The city has announced 13 semi-finalists in its Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest, which aims 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 the winning art pieces available for property owners to print and highlight in their storefronts.

“Property owners and brokers could download the files and print it at a local printer, either as interior to the window on boards, or as a building wrap,” Economic Development Director Lisa Hemmerle told Scout in January when the contest was announced. “From a pedestrian perspective, when you have that continuation of street activation, whether it’s artwork or an active storefront with people going in and out, that really adds to the quality of the experience, versus, say, brown paper in a window.”

The semi-finalists were chosen from more than 400 submissions of various mediums. A jury judged the entries based on several criteria, including the work’s “connection to Cambridge” and how pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers would be able to view the artwork, according to the city.

Locals can have a say in narrowing the 13 semi-finalists down to five finalists by voting through March 8. You can vote online or in person at 344 Broadway.

The five winners will each receive $1,000.