Central Square Named a State Designated Cultural District


crosswinds mural photo

Central Square, Cambridge was recently selected by Massachusetts Cultural Council as a state-designated Cultural District. Central Square is home to a mix of small, funky independently-owned shops and creative start-ups, with larger, well-established corporations, all fueled and supported by existing cultural resources such as public art, resident working artists, dynamic cultural organizations, ethnic restaurants and leading educational institutions like Cambridge College and MIT.

Central Square is home to a number of large cultural events, including Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge River Festival, Cambridge Carnival, City Dance Party and other events that together attract an annual audience to the square in excess of 500,000. Property-owners in the Square are committed to the vision of the District and support attracting new businesses that will maintain a positive balance of size, diversity an industry. The Central Square Cultural District amplifies an authentic, urban neighborhood that is constantly evolving while maintaining a core identity as a unique and eclectic place to live, work and play.  

Pictured: Crosswinds Mural by Daniel Galvez located at 472 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Combining portraits of real-life locals with patterns and objects from the world's cultures, Crosswinds is the companion piece to Pearl street's Crossroads. For both murals, Galvez relied on the community for ideas, including images from local photographer Jeff Dunn. In Crosswinds, Galvez connects the different elements through clever composition. Poses and facial expressions guide the viewer's eye from one person to the next. For example, an elderly woman seems to smile at the young girl on her father's shoulder in the lower center of the mural. In Galvez's own words, "I love Central Square. You hear different accents wherever you go, smell different spices in the ethnic restaurants. There's a wonderful multi-cultural spirit here, and I'm trying to capture that."

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