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The Director of Arts & Cultural Planning works with other departments in the City to advance arts and culture as an essential component to a high quality of life in a sustainable, inclusive, and connected Cambridge.

Guided by the recommendations of the 2019 Mayor’s Art Task Force, the work of the director seeks to expand opportunities where arts, culture, and creativity are catalysts for social change and civic engagement by:

  1. Understanding the needs of artists and arts organizations in Cambridge
  2. Elevate the role of artists and cultural producers in City-sponsored projects and initiatives
  3. Protect existing cultural resources and incentivize the creation of new assets
  4. Increase appreciation for arts and culture to prevent cultural displacement

In partnership with Cambridge Arts, the work of the Director seeks to ensure that Cambridge remains a thriving place for artists, arts organizations, and residents of all backgrounds. 


For more information on Shade is Social Justice, an opportunity to bring creative cooling opportunities to Cambridge, click here.


  • $117,643 In Cambridge Arts Grants Fund 35 Local Cultural Projects

    Thirty-five projects will receive grants totaling $117,643 from Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge’s Local Cultural Council Grants. This grassroots grants program, operated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council across the Commonwealth, supports Cambridge projects including dance, films, music, public art, and theater. They represent the wealth of artistic activity across the city.
  • $67,500 In Art For Social Justice Grants Awarded By Cambridge Arts

    The $7,500 grants from Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge support projects that present the themes and ongoing work of social justice to the Cambridge public through the arts.;

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