Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #100

That the City Manager confer with the Community Development Department, Economic Development Division, and the Cambridge Arts Council to designate a staff member in the Economic Development Division as an "arts liaison."

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon, Mayor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

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  2. Original Order

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WHEREAS:

Artists and arts organizations are a unique subset of our small business community that need additional supports to thrive in our City, especially when their innovative business models do not fit neatly into categories laid out in the Table of Uses or permitted/allowed events; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Opening an arts-related business requires coordination between several City departments, but artists and arts organizations often lack a single point of entry who would serve as a single point of contact and entry for artists and arts organizations seeking help with zoning, permitting, licensing, and any other aspects of operating a small business in the City of Cambridge; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Arts Council, License Commission, Inspectional Services Department, and others involved in the permitting process all have key resources available for the artist community, but there are more opportunities to create inter-departmental connections to provide additional support through creating a single point of entry via a City staff member; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Community Development Department, Economic Development Division, and Cambridge Arts Council to explore the possibility of designating a staff member in the Economic Development Division as an "arts liaison"; and be it further 

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council in a timely manner.