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Cambridge Stream Festival 2020

Cambridge Stream Festival 2020

On June 6, 2020, for the first time in its history, the Cambridge River Festival went virtual, becoming the Cambridge Arts Stream Festival.

As a longtime supporter of the Cambridge Arts River Festival, I was intrigued to see its transformation this year into the Cambridge Arts Stream Festival on June 6, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambridge Arts retooled the event from an in-person to a virtual format, redirecting $20,000 that would have been used to produce the festival to an artists' relief fund.

The event, which was live-streamed on CCTV Cambridge Channel 9, offered a wide array of performances, including music, theater, dance, poetry, visual art and even virtual versions of the People's Sculpture Race and the Mermaid Parade. The most powerful piece for me was Joshua Wolf Coleman's performance of sections of "Thurgood," by George Stevens, Jr., based on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall, African American attorney and Supreme Court Justice, who famously argued and won Brown vs. The Board of Education in 1954, which held that racial segregation in public education is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause. Marshall was the first African American Supreme Court Justice.

You can watch longer versions and many many more performances at the Cambridge Arts web site.

2:00 p.m. Welcome from Cambridge Arts Executive Director Jason Weeks
2:05 p.m. Jazz by Bob Toabe, Ken Field and Jonathan Suazo
2:34 p.m. Dance Complex flamenco lesson
3:37 p.m. Theater from Joshua Wolf Coleman and Central Square Theater
4:05 p.m. How-to-Draw Mermaids demo for children by Bren Bataclan
4:11 p.m. People's Sculpture Racing
5:10 p.m. Folk Music by Rachel Sumner
5:30 p.m. Dance performance by Abilities Dance
6:00 p.m. Climate Action: Concert for the Sycamores
6:30 p.m. Poetry Tent with Rhina P. Espaillat, Martha Collins, Lloyd Schwartz, Toni Bee, Doug Holder, Mary Buchinger, Fred Edson Lafortune, Hilary Sallick, Fred Marchant, David McCann,x Jacqui Morton, and Lo Galluccio, presented by Jean-Dany Joachim
7:40 p.m. Tour of Harvard Art Museums’ exhibition "Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection" by curator Rachel Saunders
8:10 p.m. Dance from the Midday Movement program, including Victoria Awkward, Caitlin Canty, Sasha Peterson, Asia Pyron, Noli Rosen, and Ronnie Thomas
8:50 p.m. Vibraphone performance by Julian Loida
9:11 p.m. Virtual Art Exhibit by Deidre Tao
9:18 p.m. Mermaid Promenade virtual parade