• A Jukebox of Community Stories
  • Sidewalk Poetry
  • Open Studios
  • Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute
  • River Festival

Jukebox of Community Stories, Annual River Festival, Open Studios, and More

Jukebox of Community Stories, Annual River Festival, Open Studios, and More

From community stories to the annual River Festival, there are arts happenings for everyone in Cambridge this Spring!

As usual, Spring is a lively time for the arts here in Cambridge. Here are just a few of the opportunities to enjoy soon or anticipate for later in our fair city!

Show Your Art At The 2019 Cambridge Arts Open Studios In September: Registration Deadline May 15
The 11th annual Cambridge Arts Open Studios will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The city-wide event celebrates the creative work of visual and performing artists in Cambridge. Artists are invited to register to show in their own studio or home or in a group venue organized by Cambridge Arts.

Announcing Winners of 2019 Sidewalk Poetry Contest: New Poems To Be Imprinted In Cambridge Sidewalk
The City of Cambridge has chosen the winners of the fifth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest. These five poems will be imprinted into the fresh concrete of new sidewalks around the city beginning in fall 2019. The winning poems speak about a spring thaw, a meeting with a nightingale, failing to care for the earth, protecting one's younger self, and how we ignore facts about climate change (a theme encouraged in this year's contest).

Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute Climate Change Exhibit Offers Glimpses Of Our Warmer Future: New Foods, Melting Ice, Cooling Roofs - Opening Reception May 23
Local artists explore the state of climate change today in “Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute,” an exhibition on view at Cambridge Arts’ Gallery 344 from May 20 to Oct. 4, 2019. An opening reception will be held in the gallery at 344 Broadway, Cambridge, on Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring music and poetry at 6:30 p.m. plus tastings of foods for our warmer future.

Public Artwork Picked for Cambridge's Foundry: A Jukebox Of Community Stories
A jukebox stocked with recordings of community stories has been chosen as the public art for the City of Cambridge’s Foundry. Elisa H. Hamilton will refurbish a one-of-a-kind vintage 1960 jukebox to “play podcasts and community recordings, featuring the authentic stories and voices of the Cambridge community.”

“’Jukebox’ will be a platform for community voices that empowers the public to be heard, to hear, and to come together in celebration of the richness of the Cambridge community,” the Boston-based artist says. Hamilton will be awarded a $100,000 commission to implement "Jukebox" for the 130-year-old industrial building at 101 Rogers St., which is being repurposed by the City of Cambridge and Cambridge Redevelopment Authority into a public community space for art, entrepreneurship, technology and workforce education. Hamilton’s project is expected to be installed in time for the public opening of the building, scheduled for 2021. The jukebox will eventually offer 100 audio tracks from recordings Hamilton produces in collaboration with The Loop Lab, a community-based non-profit social enterprise in Cambridge specializing in digital storytelling and workforce development.

40th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival Coming June 1: Returning to Central Square Location with a Mermaid Parade!
The 40th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival brings the river to the heart of Cambridge in the Central Square Cultural District on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For four decades, the free festival has brought our community together in a celebration of our arts, foods and rich diversity. Boston Magazine named it the area’s best arts festival in 2017 and 2018. As always, the 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival will offer food, arts, crafts, immersive art experiences, a sculpture race, and multiple stages of live music, dance, poetry and theater.

One of the highlights of the 2019 Cambridge Arts River Festival will be a "Mermaid Parade" along Massachusetts Avenue. Community members are invited to join in the procession. Costumes, characters, puppets, and props in the theme of mermaids/mermen, water creatures, and the environment are welcome, anything from the love of the Charles River to concerns about how climate change is harming our world.

More information at Cambridge Arts . Cambridge Arts is the River Festival, Open Studios, Gallery 344, Sidewalk Poetry, Summer In The City, Community Supported Art, grants to artists, street performers, more than 280 works of contemporary public art in every neighborhood of the city, and a conservation program to preserve them for the future.