Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest

The Cambridge Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest, a program designed by the Community Development Department and Cambridge Arts, aims to energize neighborhoods and activate commercial districts by filling empty storefront windows with reproductions of locally-made art.

Out of over 400 original art work submissions, a jury selected 13 semi-finalists, and the Cambridge community determined the 5 winning designs through a public vote. Cambridge property owners can choose a design from the 5 finalists to print and display in their vacant storefronts. 

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Judith Motzkin - "Autumn Leaves, Bare Branches"
Karl Baden - "People's Republik in Snowstorm"
Deidre Tao - "Place of Peace"
Shane Taremi - "Woman in Blue"
Malia Edney - "Windows of Cambridge"

"Autumn Leaves, Bare Branches" by Judith Motzkin 
"People's Republik" by Karl Braden 
"Place of Peace" by Deidre Tao 
"Woman in Blue" by Shane Taremi 
 "Windows of Cambridge" by Malia Edney

Click here to view a gallery of the Semi-Finalists

For More Information

Contact Pardis Saffari, Senior Economic Development Manager, at or 617/349-4654.