Cambridge Arts Council
The Cambridge Arts Council is a city agency that funds, promotes, and presents high-quality, community-based arts programming for the benefit of artists, residents and visitors to Cambridge, MA.
Established in 1974, Cambridge Arts is one of the oldest and most dynamic arts agencies in the country. As a public nonprofit, Cambridge Arts operates with funding from local government, private foundations, corporate sponsors and individual donors and delivers on its mission by fulfilling three primary roles:
Connector: Through partnerships with artists, presenters, donors and audiences, the agency operates as a vital cultural presence in the region. From connecting local youth with professional teaching artists to securing performance space for both emerging and established ensembles and introducing residents to local artists through Cambridge Open Studios, Cambridge Arts links people and resources from across the artistic spectrum to spark innovative collaboration.
Presenter: In addition to exhibitions and educational programming presented in the Cambridge Arts Space, Cambridge Arts stages high-profile events such as the Cambridge Arts River Festival, a signature city celebration and regional event. The festival features a wide array of music, dance, theater and visual art and attracts a robust audience of close to 200,000 visitors annually.
Funder: Through the Cambridge Arts Grant Program, Cambridge Arts awards dozens of financial grants each year in support of high-quality, community-based art projects representing all artistic disciplines.
*** View our Local Council Grant Guidelines by clicking the “Council Priorities” tab above. All local guidelines and requirements MUST be completed IN ADDITION TO the state application.***
To learn more about Cambridge Arts and our programs visit:
344 Broadway 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139-1701
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FY22 Local Priorities
Local councils are authorized to develop additional criteria and may give different weight to their criteria in order to reflect local concerns and community cultural needs.
All applicants should review these guidelines in detail prior to applying for a grant. Cambridge Arts’ full local guidelines can be downloaded from their website here:
If applicants would like to submit additional materials, you can do so by visiting the following Cambridge Arts Grant web portal to upload any optional Supplementary Materials to accompany your online application. The link to that site is as follows:
The deadline for submitting the online application and additional support materials is
Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 11:59pm
FY22 Local Guidelines
Cambridge has detailed local guidelines which are available for download from our website www.cambridgeartscouncil.org/grants. Individual artists, artist groups, arts organizations, community organizations, and municipal agencies are all eligible to apply for Grant Program funds. All projects must be based in Cambridge and demonstrate a tangible benefit to Cambridge citizens.
How Grant Recipients Are Paid
FY22 Funding List
|Charles River Conservancy, Inc.
||Charles River Skatepark Engagement
|Zhonghe (Elena) Li
||Art of Living Together
|Wei En Chan
||An Evening Hymn: songs from Korea, Singapore and Colombia
|Urbanity Dance, Inc.
|Boston City Singers, Inc.
||We Adapt so Music is Back (in Cambridge)
||Woman in the Mirror
||Story + STEM at the Monarch Butterfly Release Celebration
|Cambridge Youth Steel Orchestra
||Cambridge Youth Steel Orchestra (CYSO)
||Celebrating You: Revels Cultural Identity Project
|Castle of our Skins, Inc.
||Sound & Appliqué
|Rosanna Y. Alfaro
||Dim Sum in Harvard Square
|Saint Paul's Choir School
||Spring Choral Concert
|Weiying Olivia Huang
||Public Art and Placemaking Doc
|Jean Appolon Expressions, Inc.
|Dance in the Schools LLC
||Dance in the Schools
|Karen Wilk Klein
||Closing the Circle
||Jazz All Ways
||Exploring the Artistic Intersection of American Sign Language and Musical Theatre
|Shelter Music Boston
||Voices of Hope: Music from the Poetry of Homeless Writers Performed for Homeless Audiences
||Pamela Means Presents The Power of the Protest Song: Our Shared History & Present Day Struggles
|Cambridge Hip-Hop Collective, Inc.
||The Bridgeside Cypher
||Making Ceramic Art tiles with Youth: How has the Pandemic Impacted You?
|Abilities Dance, Inc.
||Spring 2022 ADB Production FIELD TRIP
|The Flavor Continues Corporation
||520 Kendall Street Community Center
|Friends of Tobin School, Inc.
||Students at the Theatre
||¡Bordes Borders Bordes!
|Brookline Community Center for the Arts, Inc.
||Arts & Culture Programming Production for Local Artists
||Black History Month + Dance: Afro Caribbean/Afro Latinx Heritage and Dance Traditions
|New England Film Orchestra, Inc.
||New England Film Orchestra
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