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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 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.

Cambridge Community Classroom 2015 Graduates

“Starting your own business can be lonely,” according to Pardis Saffari of the Cambridge Community Development Department. “One of the benefits of participating in the Cambridge Community Classroom Program is connecting entrepreneurs so they can provide support to each other as they develop their businesses.”

Refining Landscapes

This dynamic exhibition gives the visitor an opportunity to touch and sit on Vivian Beer's furniture, made from a variety of materials including steel, concrete, and bronze. Beer's work is strongly influenced by organic forms. Photographs, drawings, and a video of her fabrication process bring the work to life. 

At Gallery 344 through February 29, 2016
Cambridge Arts Council

City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA

November 2015 Girls Day at the MIT Museum

Every March and November, the MIT Museum celebrates women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields with a Girls Day event. According to Education Programs Coordinator, Faith Dukes, "Girls Days is designed to get girls excited about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by learning from female MIT professionals about their work and how it is relevant to society. We hope that girls, boys, teens, and people of any age get engaged in this learning."

Cambridge Public Art Map

There's always lots of art happening in Cambridge, and this Fall is no exception. I sat down with Jason Weeks, Director of the Cambridge Arts Council, last week to find out what we have to look forward to in the coming months.