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Siobhan Bredin

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I'm a long-time resident of our fair city of Cambridge, MA, which I love dearly. Prior to becoming a NeighborMedia correspondent in 2009, I was already active in the arts community, participating in Cambridge Open Studios and in my local neighborhood arts association.

In my role as a citizen journalist, I've had the opportunity to inform the community about opportunities to participate in the rich arts opportunities offered by our city, through the Cambridge Arts Council and other organizations. This includes informing the community of upcoming deadlines for sharing artistic work - and encouraging ALL creative people, even those who may not think of themselves as artists, to participate in the yearly Cambridge Open Studios. My goal with these interviews/stories is to encourage Cambridge residents to expand their view of what art is and who is an artist, which hopefully increases participation in the arts.

In addition to increasing awareness of upcoming arts opportunities and events, I share stories about a wide range of artistic happenings including music, theatre, dance, visual arts, comics/graphic novels, and writing. My goal is to expand awareness of and interest in these artistic forms/events. For ongoing events - such as the week-long Together Electronic Music Festival - I both cover individual events and let people know about upcoming events, using Twitter and Storify, along with the NeighborMedia website and Facebook, to get more people to attend these events. 

By constantly being on the lookout for interesting stories about our city, I've discovered, explored, and brought the community on my journeys along the African-American Heritage Trail and Women's History Walks. These journeys increase public awareness of the rich heritage of Cambridge.

Stories by siobhanbredin

On Thursday night, September 28, the Cambridge Arts Council celebrated the re-dedication of Bernard LaCasse's 1980 mural, Beat the Belt, at 730 Memorial Drive.

The artwork tells the story of the "Inner Belt,” a mid-20th century proposal by the U.S. Federal Government for an eight-lane highway that would have looped around downtown Boston and gone right through the neighborhood of Cambridgeport, destroying hundreds of buildings and displacing thousands of people. Residents battled the highway until winning the fight in 1970.

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I chose Harvard Square on the second Saturday in September as a setting for my third in this series of Cambridge Soundwalks. 

“Women won the right to vote almost one century ago, and it was a hard-fought victory that only came about due to generations of women activists who refused to accept the status quo of being second-class citizens,” said Mayor E. Denise Simmons. “Yet 97 years after that milestone, we must recognize that there is still so much work to be done in ensuring that women are given the same status, the same respect, and the same opportunities as men in this country.

"Postcards to Maud" is an engaging exhibition and fundraiser for the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center on Sacramento Street. The premise of the show is that each artist created a 6" by 8" postcard for Maud Morgan, as if they were sending postcards to abstract expressionist and neighborhood resident Maud Morgan (1903-1999).

I chose Central Square as a setting for my second in this series of Cambridge Soundwalks. Compared to my first one in North Cambridge , this has a lot more "human" sounds.

North Cambridge Corner Map

I've enjoyed creating soundscapes around Cambridge for several years, including Cambridge Heals Together and Cambridge Riverfest Soundscape..Attending a fascinating conference at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) entitied "Listening to the City: Engagement, Exploration + Intervention through Sound" in May reconnect

The Cambridge Arts Annual River Festival offered a beautiful June day along the Charles River in East Cambridge, and seven performance stages showcasing music, dance, theatre, and poetry. All kinds of food, a crafts market, interactive arts activities, jugglers, magicians, and roving artworks added to the festivity of the day. Here are just a few highlights.

Together 2017 Women Artists. Photos courtesy of Together.

In this piece, I’m showcasing the female artists participating in Together; nine out of 39, which is a good percentage for the male-dominated field of electronic music. They run the gamut of electronic music styles and are from local and national locations ranging from Boston to Hawaii.

Take a listen and check the Together schedule to see if you can still catch them this week.

Cambridge Open Studios Brochure 2017

"The ninth annual Cambridge Open Studios gives residents and visitors a wonderful opportunity to meet artists and see their work all across the city this weekend." says Jason Weeks, Executive Director of the Cambridge Arts Council. "We have so many artists working in our city all year round, and this event gives them an opportunity to open their doors to the community and share their work."

More than 130 artists and arts organizations across Cambridge will showcase the city's creativity--from painting and pottery to natural soaps and refurbished furniture.