David Fichter CAC Mural Project

Hi All!

I’m Helen, an intern at the CAC and I had an awesome time at our first community tiling workshop with David Fichter.  We had photographs from history in the Port that were transferred into mosaic tiles.  Lots of families came in the middle of a snow storm!  Parents as well as children had their fingers dancing across the tiles while David entertained us all with his awesome powers!  Every imaginable color and sizes of tiles were used.  We are having another workshop on another workshop of February 18.  Can’t wait to be there.  See below for more information.


About the Workshop:

Join the Community Art Center and local Guest Artist David Fichter for community-focused mosaic tiling workshops where you, your friends, family, and neighbors can create your own border piece using glass mosaic tiles. These border pieces will become part of a large, permanent mural on the front of the 119 Windsor Street Health Clinic/ Community Art Center in 2016.

Great for children and adults! Groups are welcome.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST) Add to Calendar
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Free Music Instruction Program at The Community Art Center in Partnership with New School of Music

The Community Art Center is excited to announce a new program for your children: Cultural Collage: Making Music in Our Global City Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble Program.

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Offered in partnership with the New School of Music, this FREE program on Saturday mornings from 9am-12pm is a great opportunity for children ages 6-12 to make music with new friends, explore the music of the world, learn from great music teachers, and build musical skills on new or current instruments. Students with instruments through their school are welcome to enhance their instruction, or students can learn and have access to a brand new instrument too.

  • This program IS expected to fill up very quickly and space is limited, so if you are interested, you need to RSVP directly to Community Programs Director Laura Chadwell for the Open House.
  • The Open House will run from 9am-11am, and is not officially the first day of the program, but a chance to learn more and ask questions, as well as get an application form to secure your spot.
  • Your children do not need to have their own instrument to participate. 
  • This is a full year program that runs from October – June on Saturdays from 9am-12pm, with winter breaks. The fall dates are now on our website: http://www.communityartcenter.org/#!events/cym1
  • Yes, it’s FREE!

Learn more at the Welcome and Open House on Saturday, October 24th from 9am-11am at the Community Art Center. Space is limited, RSVP now to laura@communityartcenter.org  or 617 868 7100 x23.

In addition, this Friday at 4:30pm we will be hosting a live performance by the Ten Man Brass Band as part of the HONK! Festival! This is a free show, perfect for families, in our gym. Learn more about the band here.

“Love For All Who Help The Community” Mural at the Pisani Center

We just completed our second mural project of the year! This one is unique because it is both a mural and a garden at the same time. Featuring original artwork by our Youth Advisory Board, a group of youth leaders aged 9-12, this mural also features work from guest artists Yetti Frenkel and Drew Schill.

Engraved on the front of the planters are two quotes: “Love for all who help the community”, which is also the title of the piece, and “We love our people, we love our family. Together we are one. Together, we all take care of our community” from student and YAB member Kenia.

Thank you to the City of Cambridge and Cambridge Housing Authority for their support and sponsorship of this mural!

Check our photos from the creation process, below.

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Check out our new Mural with this Scavenger Hunt!

It’s up, folks! Portraits of the Port sponsored by MIT at 610 Main Street was created by our digital arts students, printed by Cambridge Printing on dibond aluminum panels, hung up by JM Moriarty Construction and celebrated!

As you walk by, have some fun and interact by doing a Scavenger Hunt in the Portraits for:

• Traditional Mexican sugar skulls a.k.a. calavera
• An orange Crayon
• The first openly lesbian African-American mayor in the US
• Three people who believe in Peace
• A paper towel roll
• “All-star” students from the Community Art Center
• A historian-author at work
• Two pairs of red glasses
• A tribute to a fallen hero
• The official seal of the City of Cambridge

Happy Hunting!

We Are The Port Book Celebration

On April 30th, Port community members came together to celebrate the publication of We Are The Port: an oral history of the Port neighborhood by Cambridge Historical Commission & Oral Historian Sarah Boyer. We were so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful achievement. Book contributors were on hand to share stories and a great time was had by all.  The Community Art Center is so thankful to be in the heart of such a rich and diverse community that values its history!

Check out photos from the book celebration, held at the Boys & Girls Club Gym on Windsor St. Vice Mayor Dennis Benzan, City Councillors Denise Simmons and Richard Harding, and Mayor David Maher were also on hand to celebrate.

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What’s In Your Mix? Banner

The What’s In You Mix? banner was installed on 610 Main St last week! This is to introduce our upcoming Portraits of the Port mural sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and designed by the Community Art Center’s digital art students in the Teen Media Program. It will be the first of two murals created as a part of the Port Stories Public Art Project. The mural Portraits of the Port will highlight MIT’s commitment to community, and its role of inspiring learning and asking important questions.

Thanks to MIT and Moriarty Construction for the assistance!

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Call for Mural Artist: Port Stories Public Art Project

The Community Art Center is looking for an experience mural artist to assist us with a youth- created mural sponsored by the City of Cambridge and Cambridge Housing Authority within the Newtowne Court Housing Development, to be created this March, April, & May. Read on for more details!

Community Art Center
Newtowne Court/ Washington Elms Mural Project
Call for Artist

Port Stories Public Art Initiative by Community Art Center

The Port Stories Public Art Project is an ongoing initiative of the Community Art Center which uses public art and community arts events to express local identity and foster interactions between residents and incoming corporate employees who spend their days in and around the Area Four neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Area Four aka The Port is located between Kendall and Central Squares, two of the most quickly developing centers of technology and bio-technology in the world. Area Four’s Newtowne Court/Washington Elms public housing developments are among the oldest housing developments in the country and contain a rich historical resource for the City of Cambridge.

Tmural_flyer_arthe Newtowne Court/ Washington Elms Mural project is a partnership between The Community Art Center, Cambridge Housing Authority and the City of Cambridge. The mural will be located in a centralized, visible location within the Newtown Court Housing Development in Cambridge, and will be approximately 100-140 ft2. The mural will be designed and planned by the visiting artist in collaboration with our Youth Advisory Board, a school age leadership group, and teen leaders, with support from the Community Art Center’s Visual Art Teacher.

The final artistic product will be a completely original mural from and by Cambridge youth that intertwines past and present neighborhood stories. A culminating event will cap the project, allowing local professionals, residents, and the CAC community to celebrate the final result. The public will be able to view the murals for years to come and they will provide a voice and visual presence for the community as well as preserve the history of the neighborhood as a vital link to our city’s legacy.

Call for Artist

$3,200 Artist Stipend which includes all planning meetings, time the artist uses painting the mural, as well as time spent working with Community Art Center youth on their components of the mural. Artist will work with students for approximately 30 hours of class time during after school hours and school vacation weeks. The mural must be completed by early May 2015.

Installation Budget

$2k budget available for material cost related expenses. Please email a resume and at least 2 work samples featuring mural art by February 12, 2015 to Laura Chadwell, Community Programs Director at laura @ communityartcenter.org.

Download this call as a PDF: Port Stories Newtowne Court Mural Call

Port Stories Public Art Project: Project Kick Off Celebration

On December 3rd, we celebrated the kick off of the Port Stories Public Art Project here in our space. Joining our kids, families, and staff to help us celebrate was True Story Theater, an improvisational theater troupe specializing in play-back story telling based in Arlington.  Also joining us was MIT, a project sponsor who has comissioned a digital art mural to be installed on the side of their construction site at 610 Main St.

About The Project

The Port Stories Public Art Project will encourage civic engagement of Area IV /Port residents and help preserve history by sharing the stories of individuals, families and community. By learning about our past we achieve greater influence over our future. This public art initiative insists on sharing narratives that take into account diverse perspectives on gender, race, ethnicity, age, and class. This project will achieve these goals by creating murals, temporary public art installations and a series of art events.
It aims to foster neighborhood pride by building leadership skills and positioning all stories as vital to the story of the whole neighborhood.

True Story Theater Performers, December 3rd 2014

True Story Theater Performers, December 3rd 2014

We were thrilled to have Paul Parravano, Co-Director of the Office of Government and Community Relations at MIT, as well as Denise Simmons, former Mayor and current City Councillor of Cambridge speaking for our guests.

Denise Simmons speaks, December 3rd, 2014

Denise Simmons speaks, December 3rd, 2014

At the kick off event, we started collecting digital portraits of community members to potentially be digitally altered by teen artists in our Digital Arts class in the Teen Media Program, and included in the final MIT Portraits of the Port Mural. This mural will be a 160 foot graphic mural that weaves together mosaic-style community portraits with insightful text about what it means to be part of the Area IV community.  Check out these awesome portraits!   If you’re an Area IV/ Port community member interested in submitting a portrait, please email us @ laura @ communityartcenter.org.

See You on October 2nd!


On October 2nd, in partnership with Alexandria Real Estate, we are hosting a community celebration of a fantastic achievement by a team of our youth. The “In Our DNA” mural was created by our talented young artists, and is a snapshot of the people who live, work, and play in this neighborhood. We want to share it with you!

Come make art, enjoy some refreshments, music, and of course, the unveiling of the mural!