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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 and Community Development Department, 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.


  • 34 Artists And Organizations Awarded $112,461 In Local Cultural Council Grant Funding By Cambridge Arts

    34 artists and organizations are being awarded $112,461 in Local Cultural Council Grant funding by Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge. Funded projects include a comics camp for foster children, a hip-hop dance class for seniors, a celebration of the history of Black American music, a poetry writing program pairing teens with older adults, an elementary school playwriting project addressing the indigenous history and ecosystem of the Charles River, performances of short plays by short plays by Asian Americans, a documentary about the late Cambridge artist Peter Valentine, and a documentary about The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub.
  • Sell Your Art At Harvard Farmer's Market

    Sell your art at Cambridge Arts' Art Market at Harvard University's Farmer's Market, located on the Science Center Plaza, 1 Oxford St., in Harvard Square, Cambridge. The Art Market takes place on the last Tuesday of each month, from June 25 to Oct. 29. Apply by Monday, May 20:

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