Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Committee

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Cambridge is celebrating the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment and recognizing the Cambridge women who fought tirelessly for women’s right to vote.  To commemorate this momentous occasion, the City is both commissioning a public art piece and hosting an event series. 

For more information on the event series, visit 100 YEARS: CELEBRATING CAMBRIDGE WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE.

Public Art Committee 

At the direction of the City Council, City Manager Louis A. DePasquale has established the Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Committee to commission public artwork.  The City is committed to commissioning art that recognizes the representative story of the 19th Amendment and highlights the contributions of underrepresented Cambridge women.  With the support of City staff, the Committee will:

  • Set goals for the public art piece;
  • Draft a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking artist proposals;
  • Work with the City to determine location;
  • Participate in public outreach and review public input on the artist proposals and location; and
  • Lead the selection process from a group of finalists.

The Committee aims to publicly announce the selected proposal during the 100th anniversary celebration in August 2020.

We are excited to announce that Cambridge Common has been chosen as the site for the artwork!  

Four artist-finalists have also been selected to develop art proposals for consideration.  These Guidelines, provided to the artists, summarize the Committee's goals and criteria for the artwork. 

Join us for a Community Meeting with the Artists!

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6-8 p.m., Citywide Senior Center (806 Mass. Ave.)

For a full project overview, check out this presentation from the January 7, 2020 Community Meeting.

The Committee has developed a tentative project timetable, which includes anticipated meeting dates.

The Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Public Art Committee members are:

  • Barbara Berenson, author of Massachusetts in the Women Suffrage Movement
  • Sarah Burks, Historical Commission
  • Marian Darlington Hope, member of the Pentecostal Tabernacle; Cambridge resident
  • Tanya Ford, Executive Director, Election Commission
  • Jane Kamensky, Director of Schlesinger Library; Cambridge resident
  • Vanessa Till Hooper, Founder/Creative Director at Studio HHH, a digital design studio developing permanent or temporary experiences within the built environment; Cambridge resident
  • Gail Willett, fiber artist; Cambridge resident
  • Kimberly Sansoucy, Women’s Commission
  • Honorary Members - Kim and Sofia Bernstein, mother and daughter (VSUS) interested in having a monument for women’s suffrage; working to put a woman on the $20-dollar bill

The Committee will also include and work with the full support of staff members from the Arts Council, Department of Public Works, the Election Commission, the Historical Commission, and the Women’s Commission.

Jennifer Mathews
Assistant to the City Manager
City of Cambridge
(617) 349-4221

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