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Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Committee

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The City of Cambridge is commissioning public art to memorialize and commemorate the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the many women in Cambridge who fought tirelessly for women’s right to vote.

At the direction of the City Council, City Manager Louis A. DePasquale has established the Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Committee to fulfill this important charge.  The story of suffrage is long and, in many ways, unfinished.  The City is committed to commissioning public 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 a centennial public art piece;
  • Draft a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking artist proposals to an art jury;
  • 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.

The Committee has begun meeting and considering the desired perspective of, and locations for, the public art.

The next Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00pm.  Further details will be posted as soon as they are available.

05-07-2019 Meeting Notice

04-02-2019 Meeting Minutes

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

The Nineteenth Amendment Centennial 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
  • Aliyah Gary, Founder/Principal of Cambridge Real Estate School and iCare Realty; serves on Cambridge Arts Advisory Board; Cambridge resident
  • 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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