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Cambridge Arts Council

Cambridge Arts Council is a city agency that funds, promotes, and presents high-quality, community-based arts programming for the benefit of artists, residents, employees, and visitors in Cambridge, MA. As one of the oldest and most dynamic arts agencies in the country, Cambridge Arts fosters opportunities to recognize, celebrate, and support artists and artmaking reflective of the diverse populations in the city. Operating with funding from local and state government, private foundations, corporate sponsors, and individual donors, Cambridge Arts 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 here:

All local guidelines and requirements MUST be completed IN ADDITION TO the state application.***

To learn more about Cambridge Arts and our programs visit:


Deena Anderson, Director of Community Arts

344 Broadway
2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139-1701

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Application Information

FY24 Allocation


FY24 Local Priorities

FY24 Local Guidelines

How Grant Recipients Are Paid

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FY23 Funding List

Name Project Title Amount
Boston Dance Alliance, Inc. Pro/Motion newsletter and services to Cambridge dancers and dance institutions $2,975
Brookline Community Center for the Arts, Inc. Arts & Culture Programming Video Post-Production & Release for Local Artists $4,250
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Inc. Blacksmith House Poetry Series 50th Anniversary $4,250
Cambridge Families of Asian Descent Cambridge-Somerville Asian Festival 2023 $4,250
Chacon, Madison Better than Band-Aids: Using Art to Support the Unhoused Community in Cambridge $4,250
Chakraborty, Maitreyee Women, Gender, Caste and Colorism in Tagore's Compositions $4,293
Charles River Conservancy, Inc. Lynch Family Skatepark Collaboration: Spatial Justice and Public Art $4,250
City of Cambridge Senior Music Jam Sessions $4,250
East End House, Inc. Field Trip to BLO $2,763
Guerilla Opera, Inc. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage $2,550
Huggins, Brenda "Mr. Twister" Opera and Climate Action Event $4,250
Izuyama, Yumi Monarch Butterfly Migration Project $1,700
JazzBoston, Inc. Jazz All Ways $4,250
Klein, Ira Ira Klein & Convivencia Concert at St. Peter's Episcopal Church $3,400
Li, Zhonghe (Elena) Art of Nature Around of Us $4,250
MUSIC Hip Hop Chair Dance for Seniors! $500
Ma, Juliann Cambridge Global Voices $4,250
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Inc. Celebrating Diversity/MAPS Columbia St. Wall Mural $4,250
Massachusetts Federation of Farmers' and Gardeners' Markets, Inc. Celebrating Cambridge's Diversity through Music $2,380
Morrison, Simon Flower Boy $4,250
Nichols, K. Rhett Monuments and Memorials in Cambridge $1,360
Russo, Patricia Partners in Rhyme: Using poetry to bring generations together $1,717
Sanchez, Laura Flamenco at Starlight 2023 $4,250
Shelter Music Boston, Inc. Transformative Classical Music for People Who are Homeless in Cambridge $4,250
Stevens, David M. Derek David Portrait Concert $4,250
Taylor, Eric On the Corner $4,250
The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts MCA’s WCT ASL Storytime & Interactive Creativity Workshop $1,105
Urbanity Dance, Inc. Of the Ether $4,250
Young, Susan Sidewalk Poets $4,250
cranna, greig Working title " Women on the front lines" $4,250

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