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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

Cambridge Minibonds Banner

The City of Cambridge is offering Cambridge residents the chance to directly invest in Cambridge by buying $1,000 denomination minibonds. The City will use minibond proceeds to support capital projects such as school building renovations, municipal facility upgrades and implementation of the Complete Streets plan.

Camnbridge Open Studios 2017

Are you a musician, painter, jewelry maker, fabric artist, videographer, woodworker, glass blower or any kind of creative artist working in any medium?

Now is the time to register to participate in Cambridge Open Studios 2017, taking place all across Cambridge on the weekend of May 13 and 14.

Cambridge Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service banner at City Hall

"I just want to say it is such an amazing sight to see so many of you out here to honor Dr. Martin Luther King today!" Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons welcomed a large crown in front of City Hall on this warn - for January in Cambridge - afternoon. "This is not a day off, it's a day ON!"

Cambridge Women's Suffrage Walk group at Florence Hope Luscomb's house - 37 Pleasant Street

August 26, 1920 -- more than 70 years after the official start of the women's suffrage movement, the nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect, granting women the right to vote.  Long before that, in 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, during the American Revolution, "“I long to hear that you have declared an independency.

Florence Luscomb, Votes for Women. Image Courtesy of Cambridge Historical Commission.

Florence Hope Luscomb, Anne Elizabeth (Hubble) Roorbach, and Mabel Gardiner (Hubbard) Bell are just a few of the Cambridge women who worked towards passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920, which granted women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

Did you miss the week-long celebration of local, national and international music, art, and technology? It all took place at this year's Together Festival, which happened May 14-22 in Central Square. Get a recap of Together 2016 in this Storify:

 

Lisa Houck at Gallery 344

I covered the restoration of Lisa Houck's Inman Square mural "The Bluefish is Good Tonight," last Summer, so I was excited to see her work currently on exhibit at Gallery 344 at the Cambridge Arts Council.

Houck creates a vibrant world of exuberant creatures and patterns in multiple media including mosaics, prints, and ceramics that engage the viewer.

 More information and gallery location and hours

Cambridge Open Studios 2016

"Now that Spring is here, take advantage of Open Studios, Public Art Tours and all the opportunities available in Cambridge" says Jason Weeks, Executive Director of the Cambridge Arts Council in this Spring Arts Preview interview with NeighborMedia.