What’s New: Getting Creative

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Harvard Square
Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative Narrowly Stays in Harvard

Multiple construction projects in Harvard Square—along with a decrease in foot traffic and ever-rising rents—almost sent the Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative searching for new digs. “We just feel like we need to be in a new space so that we can get the customers back and not pay such a high rate,” President Beverley Coniglio told Scout in June. However, the coop later announced, “Our current landlord has made it possible for us to remain in place at 59a Church Street for two more years! Our space has been consolidated to one floor and our artists work has been redisplayed to accommodate this change.”

North Cambridge
Muckykids Art Studio Moves to New Location

After nine years in its space on Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square, Muckykids Art Studio is moving a mile away into North Cambridge. The larger space will allow for a wider range of programs, including drop-in studio classes six days a week, birthday party events on Sundays, and an array of classes for older kids and adults, according to a press release.

Harvard Student’s Fine Jewelry Company Attracts Famous Clientele

Shilpa Yarlagadda’s company had humble beginnings. Working with high-tech 3-D printers at MIT, Harvard rising junior Shilpa Yarlagadda started the innovative jewelry brand Shiffon in her first-year college dorm room, the Wall Street Journal reports. But the real sparkle behind Yarlagadda’s company is the philanthropic side to her work: Half of the profits from each piece help fund other budding female-run businesses. The business has garnered the support and loyalty of some famous clientele, including Emma Watson, Nicole Kidman, and Michelle Obama. 

Cambridge Historical Society Receives Grant for Oral History Project

The Cambridge Historical Society is poised for a new creative undertaking with a $7,500 grant from Mass Humanities, according to a press release. The oral history project, entitled “Sweet Souls, Voices from the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge,” will include under-documented narratives to explore the impact of the 112 year-old Margaret Fuller settlement house on the surrounding community. The project is projected to be finished in early 2020, at which point audio and transcripts of the included interviews will become available on the Society’s website.

This story originally appeared in the Technology & Transportation Issue issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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