Grant Recipients

Grant Recipients 2022-2023

Grant Recipients 2021-2022

Grant Recipients 2020-2021

Grant Recipients 2019-2020

Grant Recipients 2018-2019

Grant Recipients 2017-2018

Grant Recipients 2016-2017

2023 Grants

Overall Cambridge Arts and the City are distributing grants totaling $266,143 to 53 artists and cultural organizations in 2023 through three funding opportunities that Cambridge Arts offered in fall 2022—including Local Cultural Council Grants, Art for Social Justice Grants, and Organizational Investment Grants.

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

Including Asian Festival, Documentary About Middle East Nightclub, Directory Of Monuments

Thirty-five projects will receive grants totaling $117,643 from Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge’s Local Cultural Council Grants in 2023. 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.

Grant-funded Cambridge projects include an Asian festival, a vocal concert about historical women in Bengal, a puppet opera about weather, traditional Japanese paper theater show about butterfly migration, a directory of monuments and memorials in Cambridge, free music lessons for low-income students, an animation about the plight of war refugees, a free concert of Ladino (Jewish Sephardic) music, and a documentary film about Cambridge’s Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub and its history as a focal point of Central Square’s music scene. See full list of grants here

$67,500 In Art For Social Justice Grants Awarded By Cambridge Arts

A dance performance and town hall asking: How do we make Cambridge “a more inclusive and equitable place to live?” An all-Asian American ballet company centering their unique perspectives. A dance, poetry and video performance about being “othered” due to racism, gender bias, immigration prejudice and LGBTQ issues. Monthly live hip-hop showcases. The annual Cambridge Carnival with its grand costume parade celebrating Afro-Caribbean cultures.

These are among the nine projects that have been awarded Art for Social Justice Grants totaling $67,500 by Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge in 2023. See full list of grants here. This is the second year of the funding program—grants are $7,500 each—which supports projects that present the themes and ongoing work of social justice to the Cambridge public through the arts.

$81,000 In Organizational Investment Grants Awarded To 9 Cambridge Nonprofits

Nine Cambridge cultural organizations have been awarded $81,000 in Organizational Investment Grants by Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge in 2023. The funding program provides $9,000 grants to each nonprofit to support operational costs, sustainability, and resiliency for local cultural organizations that benefit Cambridge residents. See full list of grants here.