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Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Committee

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We Want Your Input On Public Art To Commemorate Women Winning The Right To Vote

We want your input on a permanent public artwork to commemorate the centennial of American women winning the right to vote with the passage of 19th Amendment in 1920 and to recognize the ongoing struggle for voting rights for all.

The City of Cambridge's 19th Amendment Centennial Art Selection Committee will be considering four proposals. The winning selection will be constructed at Cambridge Common.

During this historic moment in which public art has become a focal point for necessary debate on how we as a country want to be represented in public spaces, we invite you to participate in the process for a new public artwork. Your voice makes a difference.

Review the four proposals below and submit your feedback to the Selection Committee by Aug. 3, 2020.

Public Art Feedback Form

Use the feedback form to submit comments on the proposals.

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Artist Proposals

The Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Committee is expanding to a larger Selection Committee, to include additional community members and perspectives. The Selection Committee plans to meet virtually on August 13, 2020 & September 3, 2020 to choose a winning proposal.

The anticipated project timeline includes:

  • July 9 – August 3, 2020 – Public feedback period. The deadline for public feedback is August 3rd at 8:00 P.M.
  • August 13, 2020, 5:00 – 7:30 P.M. – Selection Committee Meeting #1. Virtual Q&A meeting with each finalist.
  • September 3, 2020, 5:00 – 7:30 P.M. – Selection Committee Meeting #2. Virtual deliberation and selection of winning proposal.
  • TBD: Historical Commission review of winning proposal, for placement on Cambridge Common.
  • September 2020 & Beyond: Continued community engagement and programming around selected proposal. Installation is anticipated to take approx. 2 years.

Cambridge is commemorating the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment and recognizing the Cambridge women who fought tirelessly for women’s right to vote.

At the direction of the City Council, City Manager Louis A. DePasquale established the Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Committee in April 2019 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:

  • Set goals for the public art piece;
  • Selected the Cambridge Common as the artwork site;
  • Directed an art jury to select four artist-finalists to develop proposals;
  • Drafted detailed guidelines for the artists; and
  • Is leading public outreach and reviewing public input on the artist proposals.

The core Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Committee is expanding to a larger Selection Committee, to include additional community members and perspectives. The Selection Committee will choose the winning proposal in September 2020.

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-Crump, 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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