Percent-for-Art Program

Implemented via City Ordinance, Percent-for-Art requires that one percent of the construction costs on municipal capital investment be designated for use in developing site-responsive public artwork. With a core focus on increasing the quantity, quality and overall awareness of art in the city’s public space, the Arts Council has overseen the creation and development of more than 200 artworks. These artworks can be found in a variety of locations including youth and senior centers, schools, libraries, parks, plazas and sidewalks. Artworks sited through this program engage directly with their surroundings to create, enrich, or reveal a sense of place. Each artwork is created in active response to the character and history of its location and reflects the dynamic and creative exchange between professional artists and the broader community.

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Lynn Basa, "A Long Story"
Stained Glass, mixed media, 2013
5 Western Avenue

5 western

“A Long Story” is located inside 5 Western Avenue, the former Police Headquarters that was repurposed in 2013 and now houses the Cambridge Multi-Service Center, The Community Learning Center, and the Cambridge Housing Authority. Basa’s 2-floor piece aims to add visual inspiration to this facility that services many Cambridge citizens in a time of transition. Fabrication and installation of the artwork was done by Cambridge resident Daniel Maher.

Mel Zeigler, "Taking Note"
Painted Aluminum, 2013 
Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School

Mel Zeigler 10 seconds

"Taking Note" is a public artwork for Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School that consists of 8 wall sculptures: 7 interior, 1 exterior. The shapes are enlargements of selected notations from CRLS student notebooks in various subjects.