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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

Edwin Andrews - Dot Matrix

Cambridge has over 300 public artworks all across the city. I've enjoyed them for years without ever really thinking about who takes care of them, so I decided to find out more.

Earlier this Summer, I did two stories about the restoration of public art pieces, East Cambridge - 1852 and The Bluefish is Good Tonight.

Lisa Houck painting fish 2015

This week, I'm continuing my coverage about the restoration of public art in Cambridge this Summer. I caught up with Lisa Houck, the artist who created "The Bluefish is Good Tonight," a mural on the original site of Legal Seafoods restaurant in Inman Square, in 1987.

George Greenamyer Restoration

You may have noticed that our fair City has A LOT of public art. With more than 200 artworks in neighborhoods all across the city, Cambridge holds the largest contemporary public art collection in Massachusetts.

Since 1979, one percent of the construction cost on municipal capital investment is designated for use in developing site-responsive public artwork.

Anyone who lived through our recent Winter will understand that many public artworks need to be refreshed and restored periodically.

Middle East Downstairs Sign

So you’re a DJ just starting your career in the Cambridge/Boston area. It can be hard to get gigs in the local clubs because there are so many other talented performers around here.

So maybe your first few gigs are at your parents’ party or a friend’s house.

I sat down on Sunday, May 17 backstage at Downstairs at the Middle East with week two local DJs, GalaxZ (9) and Rubix (11), to ask them how they felt about having their first professional DJ gig at this fabled venue.

Together graphic

Have you checked out Together 2015 yet? We're halfway through the Boston Area's only week-long festival of Music, Art and Technology, centered right here in Central Square, and there are still 35+ shows, workshops, all ages events and more from now to Sunday, May 17.

Tonight alone there are four shows from which to choose:

Nozama Dance Collective Open Rehearsal at Green Street Studios

Today from noon to 6PM, residents and visitors to Cambridge enjoyed studio visits and performances by over 100 artists all across the city at Cambridge Arts Open Studios 2015.

If you missed COS today or just didn't get enough, worry not: you still have one more day to enjoy this celebration of all the arts tomorrow, Sunday May 10 from noon to 6PM.

More information

Download the app by searching "Cambridge Arts Open Studios" in your smartphone app store.