Cambridge Artists: Get Your Art Featured in Storefronts Around the City


Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest

Cambridge Artists: Get Your Art Featured in Storefronts Around the City

Winners will receive prize money and artwork will be displayed in vacant storefront windows

Cambridge, MA -- The City of Cambridge invites local artists to submit their work to the Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest. The program, designed by Cambridge Arts and the Community Development Department, aims to energize neighborhoods by filling empty store windows with reproductions of locally-made art.

Five finalists, chosen through a jury and public voting process, will each be awarded a one-time honorarium of $1,000. These winning designs will be available for Cambridge property owners to print and display in vacant ground-floor storefronts throughout the city.

“In Cambridge, we’re always looking for opportunities for our artists and businesses to partner—from the Central Square Mural Project and the Central Square Cultural District to our Creative Marketplace Exhibitions program,” said Jason Weeks, Executive Director of Cambridge Arts. “The Storefront Contest is another way the arts can make our city a more dynamic and engaging place to live, work and explore.”

“The City’s Retail Strategy Plan identified vacant storefront activation as a key recommendation for enhancing Cambridge’s retail environment,” said Iram Farooq, Assistant City Manager for Community Development. “This contest is a unique opportunity for local artists to make our commercial districts more vibrant and engaging.”

Artwork must be uploaded to an online submissions form by Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at noon. Original artwork—from paintings and prints to photographs and graphic designs—must be formatted into a digital, high-resolution PDF file that can be printed to paper or vinyl and is adaptable to a variety of window sizes. Designs must be original and not infringe on any copyrighted material. 

Semi-finalists, chosen by a jury, will be announced in February 2019, followed by a public vote to help determine finalists. The five finalists will be announced in March 2019, with installations expected later in the spring.

For more information about the contest’s submission and selection process, visit 

Press contacts:

Bridget Martin
Communications Manager
Cambridge Community Development Department

Greg Cook
Cambridge Arts
Director of Marketing & P.R.