2014 Cambridge Grant Program recipient Survivor Theater performs.

Cambridge Arts makes annual awards to support access to professional arts and culture events for Cambridge youth through Field Trip Grants and supports individual artists and organizations through Project Grants. Project Grants are awarded in two categories: Creating & Presenting and Education & Access.

Creating & Presenting Grants support the development and/or presentation of visual arts, dance, film/video, literature, music, theater, multidisciplinary and new media arts.

Education & Access Grants promote in-depth understanding of and participation in the arts.  This category also supports projects that increase participation of populations with limited access to the arts.

2015 Cambridge Arts Grants Program Funded Projects

Visual Arts, Film, & Video

Jeannie Simms
Cambridge Gay Marriage Photo Portraits & Videos
A collection of photographic and video portraits of the first LGTBQ Cambridge residents to get married at Cambridge City Hall when Massachusetts became the first state in the union to legalize gay marriage.

Gallery 263
Artist Residency Program
This program will transform the Gallery space into a shared studio for 3-5 artists. The resident artists selected will have twenty four hour access to the gallery and have the freedom and flexibility to use the space to produce new work.

Wildflower Montessori School
Gathering Gestures: The Public as Collective Artist
This project consists of the creation of a collaborative community-based drawing, created by professional artists and community participants.

Community Art Center, Inc.
Do It Your Damn Self National Youth Film Festival
DIYS is the oldest youth-produced and youth-curated film festival in the country, featuring short videos and films created by teens from around the US and the world.

Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery
Roberto Mighty - Artist in Residence
During his 18 month residency Roberto Mighty will document the preservation of the Binney Monument, produce a 5-10 minute film about the project, and create a series of short video works feature other cemetery activities to be featured on the website.

Women, Action and the Media (WAM!)
WAM! Film Festival Boston 2015
A two day film festival to take place at the Brattle Theater that showcases the work of talented women filmmakers, both local and national.


Pradhuman Nayak
Kalaripayattu: A Performance of History
The creation of a 45 minute performance bringing the art form of Kalaripayattu, a traditional form of Indian martial arts, to young audiences.

Erica Sigal
Dance in Schools
Dance in Schools brings teaching artists into the Cambridge Public School classrooms to integrate dance and creative movement into the academic and arts curricula.

Cambridge Performance Project, Inc.
Back Pocket Dancers
Back Pocket Dancers is an 8-member inter-generational ensemble that performs intelligent, inspiring, and exciting dance theater specially designed for elders. This project includes two performances of "Here At Last".

Prometheus Dance, Inc.
Elders Ensemble 10th Anniversary Project
The Elders Ensemble 10th Anniversary project will be a multifaceted season event in Cambridge, Boston, and the North Shore with live performances and online documentation of the history of the ensemble.

The Amigos School
Bailamos Juntos
MetaMovements Latin Dance Company and Amigos School partner to bring a Latin Dance and Music workshop program to 80 kindergarten students while also satisfying the need of a dual language program by providing relevant programing in Spanish that reflects Latino culture.

Dance Complex, Inc.
Mentoring Program: aMaSSiT and I-ARE
This mentoring program consists of two facets, ostensibly "undergraduate" and "graduate" levels of creative laboratories that teach choreographic tools, a means to give feedback and co-mentor other artists and allow established mentors in the field of dance to help others develop their own choreographic voices.

Jean Appolon Expressions
Teen Dance Studio
Twice weekly classes led by professional dancers for teens ages 13-19 at the Community Arts Center.

Online Access to Cambridge's Dance History
Penumbra:RME will produce a set of online digital histories with multimedia components for three major dance centers in Cambridge: Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, & Jose Mateo Ballet Theater.

Theater, Literature, & Multidisciplinary

Central Square Theater
The Edge of Peace
The New England premiere of the final play in The Ware Trilogy by acclaimed playwright Suzan Zeder. For the first time ever the Ware Trilogy will be produced in its entirety in one community and in a timeframe that provide audiences with the chance to interact with all three productions.

Liars & Believers
Who Would Be King
A new multidisciplinary theatrical production to take place at Oberon Theater that explores how contemporary leaders and citizens alike can heroically strive to improve our world in the face of their own human weaknesses.

Women's Center / Survivor Theatre Project
Survivor Arts & Conversation Series
Survivor Theater Project will work with three community partners to hold three community conversations on sexual violence, providing a dramatic catalyst and facilitation structure for dialogue.

Ross Miller
Street Sweeping Announcement 2.0
This project will bring new voices (or even tunes) to the public service announcements from DPW work trucks regarding street sweeping. This fresh audio will delight the ear and enliven the early morning spirit while still alerting people to the street cleaning regulations and needs.

Beverly Mire
The Art and Science of Glass Making
Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School students will explore the use of multi-media as an educational tool to explain the science and art of glass making. They will discover the challenge of communicating complex and evolving concepts for a general audience using animation, traditional documentary, and photojournalism skills resulting in a multi-media production that will examine how glass is actually made, its functions in our daily lives, and its role in the arts.

Art City Cambridge
Art City August
The second annual month-long celebration of local and emerging artists of all ages will be held throughout Cambridge August 2015.

Juventas New Music Ensemble
Music in Motion
Juventas Music Ensemble will team up with Puppet Showplace theater to present a unique performance that combines contemporary music performance and advanced puppetry. The performance, to take place at American Repertory Theater's Club Oberon, will pair musical works with abstract narratives aimed at audiences of all ages.

Friends of Tobin, Inc
Cambridge Wildlife Puppet Project
This project will engage Cambridge families and youth in hands on art/theater experiences that recreate the animal species living at Fresh Pond Reservation.


Nicholas Dinnerstein
Composer Focus
Composer Focus is an on-going monthly chamber music concert series taking place at the Lily Pad in Cambridge and focusing on works by 20th and 21st century classical composers. Each of the nine concerts features music by a single composer, from the exciting Eastern European folk-inspired modernism of Bela Bartok to the hypnotic minimalism of Philip Glass to the widely experimental sonic explorations of Gyorgy Ligeti.

Boston New Music Initiative
Voci et Veritas
Boston New Music Initiative's Voci et Veritas concert will feature seven works by seven emerging and established living composers and will be held at Longy School of Music's Pickman Hall.

Driff Records
Driff Festival 2015
The third annual, two day creative jazz festival for improvised music to be held at the Lilly Pad in Cambridge featuring local musicians and two special guests, internationally recognized musicians each with Boston ties.

Powers Music School
Neighborhood Concert Series
In its second year of collaboration with the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center these free one hour long concerts held in the Milne Ballroom are open to all members of the community.

Back Bay Ringers
The Science of Handbells
This lecture and music presentation about the Science of Handbells will be held as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Traditionally thought of as a musical art, this program seeks to present the physics of the bells and sound in an age- appropriate way to two different audiences in two separate sessions, the first to be geared toward families with elementary school age children and the second for middle to high schools students which would also appeal to adults.

Boston City Singers/Cambridge Children's Chorus
Cambridge Children's Chorus - Youth Development
Programs for children ages 4 to 18 rooted in a highly respected philosophy and comprehensive system of music education, instruction includes theory training, vocal instructions, stage presences, performance skills and signing in multiple languages with an emphasis placed on personal discipline, teamwork, and group cooperation allowing young singers to develop progressive mastery of skills both professional and personal.

Longy School of Music
Sistema Side by Side
Longy has been recognized as a leader of El Sistema, the Venezuelan social movement that addresses issue of poverty through music. Sistema Side by Side is a year-long program that pairs students ages 7 to 15 with Longy's Conservatory Orchestra for rehearsals and performances with renowned conductors.

North Cambridge Family Opera Company
Songwriting Workshop for K-5 CPS
A series of fifty-five science songwriting workshops distributed evenly throughout the K-5 Cambridge Public Schools, utilizing music and poetry as a teaching device to engage students with science and the natural world.

The Cambridge Arts Grant Program is funded by the City of Cambridge in partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) as part of their statewide Local Cultural Council (LCC) program. The goal of the Cambridge Arts Grant Program is to support, promote, and maintain a vital role for the arts in the lives of Cambridge citizens and contribute to the economic vitality of our community.

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