Cambridge City

Policy Order
POR 2019 #336
Order Adopted
Oct 7, 2019 5:30 PM

Creating the Director of Arts and Culture Position


Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Councillor E. Denise Simmons
Category:Policy Order


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The Mayor’s Arts Task Force approached barriers to a thriving Cambridge Arts Community in a holistic way, with particular focus on: racial equity, City support for small arts organizations, anti-displacement measures, and support for local artists in under-represented socioeconomic groups; and




The Task Force has compiled 70 recommendations and over $2 million additional dollars worth of funding this fiscal year, and recommendations should be implemented by a member of the Arts community who is an expert in the needs of local artists and has the resources and support from the City of Cambridge; and




Adding a position in the City staff as a Director of Arts and Culture is a key recommendation of the Arts Task Force; and




A Director of Arts and Culture will serve as a liaison to the local arts community and be equipped with the resources to respond to concerns of displacement, help with funding and grant acquisitions, liaise with small arts organizations and cultural communities, and plan cultural events; and




The need for a Director of Arts and Culture is pressing for small arts organizations struggling to exist in our City. The closing of EMF in March and most recently the Green St. Dance Studios have served as painful examples of arts organizations lacking a designated advocate on the City staff, one who can connect them to resources by bringing together different departments and the upper-levels of City administration; and




Our diverse cultural communities have also expressed a need for a Director of Arts and Culture to ensure that all cultures are celebrated equally by the City, and that City resources are allocated equally in this regard; and




The Director of Arts and Culture would also work with the arts community to allocate the increased revenue streams identified for the Arts, and ensure that the recommendations in the Arts Task Force’s Final Report are implemented to best support our arts community; now therefore be it




That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to create the position of a Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Cambridge; and be it further




That the City Manager report back to the City Council before the end of this calendar year.


Meeting History

Oct 7, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft


YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Jan Devereux, Craig A. Kelley, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan