Monday, May 27, 2024

Tory Fair’s “Portable Window” is rolled out at the Area Code Art Fair held last year at Ink Block Boston. (Photo: Tory Fair)

Ten arts projects are coming to Cambridge’s Port neighborhood with $90,000 in funding from Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge’s Port Neighborhood Grants, including for existing events such as the Bridgeside Cypher, held several times a year at Central Square’s Graffiti Alley, and the annual Do It Your Damn Self!! Film Festival.

Each cultural project is funded at $9,000 from Percent-for-Art funding tied to the city’s Port Infrastructure Project, a multiyear construction project to reduce flooding in the Port neighborhood. The winners:

  • ART±BIO collaborative science mural. The mural will highlight science created by people of color, to be created in collaboration with Port-area youth and educators, mentored by BIPOC artists and scientists.
  • Cambridge Public Health Department’s call for artists, inviting artists to make “Arts for Health” works supporting mental health, healthy eating, active living and community and social resilience, with an emphasis on health equity and antiracism.
  • Community Art Center support of the Do It Your Damn Self!! Film Festival. Local teens produce this annual festival of films by teens throughout the country.
  • Cambridge Hip Hop Collective’s Bridgeside Cypher. These gatherings bring together artists rapping at the center of a live audience, including a freestyle circle that allows a safe space for people who have never before performed in public, a music video shoot and a featured performance.
  • Tory Fair’s “Portable Window.” A wood wheel with handles and a rectangular window in the center that frames a view, intended to prompt conversations as well as photos and video and become a portrait of The Port.
  • David Fichter’s Moses Youth Center Mosaics. Students, staff, and community volunteers will create mosaics on the back entrance of the Moses Youth Center facing Sennott Park, continuing the mosaic the artist developed there in 2019-2020.
  • Elon Fyfield’s Black Matters Performance Series. A monthly open-air performance series by rappers, singers, poets, dancers, spoken word performers and videographers will celebrate Black identity, Black communities, Black artists and Black businesses. A short documentary film will be made as well.
  • Green City Growers’ intersecting art and urban gardening at the Moses Youth Center. An expansion of an existing hands-on gardening program.
  • Jenny Herzog’s Tap for Joy. Free, outdoor, socially  distanced tap dance classes for dancers of all ages and skill levels.
  • Anna Myer and Dancers’ “Closing the Divide.” The completion, public screening and Cambridge Community Television broadcast of a documentary film featuring dancers and poets who took on racism during a three-week tour from the Deep South to Chicago.

Last fall, Cambridge Arts tripled funding for grants with support from the City of Cambridge. The Port Neighborhood Grants are one of three new funding opportunities Cambridge Arts offered last fall, including $99,000 in Organizational Investment Grants awarded in December and $45,000 in Art for Racial Justice Grants previously announced this month.

“The City of Cambridge had been planning a major increase to its funding for the arts, and we’re especially pleased at this time to be able to share this increase with the community as artists and creative organizations are facing crises from shutdowns to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” Cambridge Arts executive director Jason Weeks said in a press release.