Things To Do: Samba • Healing Storytelling • Juneteenth • Ida


A dancer performs in's "Invisible Imprints."
Pictured's "Invisible Imprints."

Enjoy the beginning of summer with arts events--samba dancing, healing storytelling, Juneteenth celebrations, a street performance embodying the legendary activist Ida B. Wells, a dance mulling borders. Most are Free. Below, learn more about these programs, many of which were funded by nearly $300,000 in grants awarded by Cambridge Arts to local artists and organizations last winter.

June 10: Samba Night at Centanni Park

Samba Night with Receita de Samba and dance instructors Andre Carvalho and Yulia Gromova -- Free -- Friday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Centanni Park as part of the Multicultural Arts Center's Summer Series, supported by an Organizational Investment Grant from the Cambridge Arts. Learn more:

June 11: 'Words Create Worlds' Workshop From Survivor Theatre Project

Sign up for a the free workshop, "Words Create Worlds: Healing through Storytelling and Creative Expression," facilitated by Abi Mariam on Saturday, June 11, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Register with Presented as part of Survivor Theatre Project's monthly "Healing Through Creative Arts" series, supported by a Art for Social Justice Grant from Cambridge Arts, and offered in partnership with SOS by Saafyr and the Cambridge Women’s Center.

June 12-21: Cambridge-Wide Juneteenth Celebration

The Cambridge-wide Juneteenth Celebration Celebrating Black Joy and Black Excellence offers free events from June 12 to 21. See sidewalk chalk murals at Cambridge libraries from June 12 to 19. Hear storytelling at the Cambridge Public Library and branches from June 14 to 21. Yoga, storytelling and a Black Business Fair at Green Rose Heritage Park, 155 Harvard St., on June 18. A Hoyt Field Celebration on June 18. Performances at Starlight Square on June 19. A parade through Central Square on June 20. Learn more:

June 12: 'Ida 2022' in Central Square

Meet legendary activist Ida B. Wells in a free street performance of "Ida 2022" by Fort Point Theatre Channel conceived by Deborah Lake Fortson on Sunday, June 12, at 1 p.m. at Jill Brown Rhone Park, 371 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. The performance is inspired by Wells's text "With no sacredness of the ballot, there can be no sacredness of human life itself..." Supported by a Local Cultural Council grant from Cambridge Arts. Learn more:

June 16: Documentary Screens at WBUR CitySpace

See a screening of dance company's "Invisible Imprints" at WBUR's CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, on Thursday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception with cast members and the director. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission, and $15 for premiere seating.'s projects have been funded by a Cambridge Arts FLOW grant and a Port Neighborhood Grant. The feature-length documentary follows "12 Boston-based poets and dancers as they travel from Jackson, Mississippi, up the Great Migration Trail to Chicago, performing, having talkbacks with audiences, meeting with Civil Rights veterans and dramatically shedding light on the deeper truths of America's racial history from diverse perspectives."

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June 17-18: '¡Bordes! Borders! ¡Bordes!' at Dance Complex @ Canal

In "¡Bordes! Borders! ¡Bordes!," three artists from Boston collaborate with four artists from San Juan, Puerto Rico, for an experimental dance theater performance addressing the questions: "What could seven artists 1,700 miles apart, who have never met in real life, dream up? Where do our emotional, physical, geographical borders end and another’s begin?" Free (donations accepted) at the Dance Complex @ Canal, 650 E Kendall St., on Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18, 8 p.m. Supported by a Local Cultural Council grant from Cambridge Arts. Learn more:

June 22: Ribbon Cutting for Foundry

Celebrate work nearing completion at the Foundry, 101 Rogers St., with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 22, from 4 to 5 p.m. The project is an adaptive reuse of an historic industrial building to transform it into a self-sustaining center for creativity and collaboration for the Cambridge community, including providing space for visual and performing arts, entrepreneurship, technology, and workforce education. At the event, community leaders will speak. Enjoy light refreshments. Learn more:

June 25: 'Arts in the Park' at Clement Morgan Park

"Arts in the Park" comes to Clement Morgan Park on Columbia Street on Saturday, June 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. Free. Learn about the Port Infrastructure Improvements Project, see live painting, listen to DJs and a steel drum band. Plus Everybody Gotta Eat Chefs. a photobooth, and children's activities. The event is a project of Adius Arts Initiative X Everybody Gotta Eat and Cambridge Department of Public Works, with support from Cambridge Arts. Learn more:

Through Oct. 3: 'Forgotten Souls of Tory Row' at History Cambridge

How to remember the enslaved people who helped build the historic wealth of Cambridge? See "Forgotten Souls of Tory Row," an installation of bottle trees intended to represent the adults and children who were historically enslaved on what we now call Brattle Street. Created by Black Coral at History Cambridge's Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, 159 Brattle St., with support from an Art for Social Justice Grant from Cambridge Arts. Learn more:

Ongoing: Bob Moses MathTrail in The Port

Installations have begun for the Bob Moses MathTrail, a mile-long path through The Port neighborhood, beginning at Sennott Park on Broadway and stretching along Elm, Broadway, Windsor, Main, Cherry, Eaton, and Columbia Streets. The goal of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) project is to encourage Cambridge residents, especially children and families, to find the fun in math and explore math in the world around them. Cambridge Arts has been a supporter of previous MathTrails in the Port and across the Magazine Beach footbridge. Learn more:

Ongoing: Cambridge Plays

Cambridge Plays from the City of Cambridge and community partners offers free music, dance, yoga and other activities to watch or join in through the end of June. Upcoming events include yoga at Dana Park and music in Central Square on June 11, meditation at Dana Park on June 15, and a Bollywood workout at Cambridge Common on June 16. Learn more: