February Meetings and Events


The Cambridge Arts Council invites community members to view public art proposals for the Foundry.

Thursday, February 7

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

2nd Floor Meeting Room

City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway



Tuesday, February 12

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue



Cambridge Arts issued a Call to Artists to apply for a $100,000 public art commission, with the winning entry to be installed at the Foundry. An art jury selected the three finalists listed below who will be presenting their proposals on February 7 (or on the February 12 snow date listed above):

Innovators for Purpose

Elisa H. Hamilton

Masary Studios

For more information, please see the Call to Artists on the Cambridge Arts website. We hope that you can join us!

Seeking Property Management Firm

The Cambridge Redevelopment Authority is seeking a property management firm. The successful respondent will be offered a two-part contract to provide consulting services to the CRA during the design and construction phases of the Foundry, and to provide property management services to the Foundry Consortium once the building is operational. The Full RFP can be downloaded from the CRA website.

There will be a site visit for interested parties on January 23rd at 10:00 a.m. RFP responses are due on Thursday, February 14, 2019 by 4:00 p.m. 

November Meetings & Events

We have held community meetings to gather input on considerations for the use of each program space at the Foundry, prioritized in order of technical complication.  The first series of meetings focused on flexible performance space since it has the most complicated design/construction requirements. This was followed by discussions about the makerspace.  We’re now seeking input on the design of the spaces that will be used specifically for non-performance-based arts in the Foundry.

Public Meeting about Arts in the Foundry
In this meeting we will review several concepts for how the space will be used (e.g., a mix of private studios and shared co-working spaces for artists).  As time permits, and in future meetings, we will discuss arts programming including: the potential for artists-in-residence; ways to prioritize the use of space if the space is over-subscribed; and gathering new ideas about the community’s needs and wants regarding the arts.

Monday, November 26
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Lesley University
The Creativity Commons
University Hall, Room 3-043 (third floor)
1815 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138


October Meetings & Events

HW18_COLLABORATOR_SQ-100 CANCELLED – HUB Week 2018: Informational Tour of the Foundry

Tuesday, October 9

10:00 -11:30 a.m.

Cambridge Foundry, 101 Rogers Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

Foundry Advisory Committee Meeting
Friday, October 12
8:00 – 10:00 a.m
Police Station @125 Sixth Street Cambridge

October Makerspace Meeting 
A third makerspace planning meeting is scheduled for the following date and time:
Thursday, October 25
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Lunder Arts Center
L-117 Screening Room
Lesley Art & Design
1801 Mass Ave @ Roseland Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
Please RSVP to Zoe Vanderschmidt


Call for Artists: Cambridge Artist Registry

Cambridge artists interested in being considered for a $100,000 public art commission for the Foundry must register with the Cambridge Artists Registry by September 17. More details about the process and instructions can be found here here.

The Foundry Consortium is hosting a meeting to help interested parties to learn from the Cambridge Arts about the artist selection process that will be used to determine the three finalists in late October and one final concept proposal by February 2019. Attendees will be able to offer suggestions for factors to be considered by the Art Jury as they select three finalists from the registry. The Foundry Consortium meeting details are as follows:

October 2, 2018
9:00 – 10:00 a.m
Cambridge Redevelopment Authority
255 Main Street, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA

Guests will be required to check-in at the front desk and names must be in the security system, so attendees should RSVP to Zoe Vanderschmidt in advance at zoev@mit.edu.

The Foundry Consortium will be hosting a second meeting the evening of January 7, 2019 (time and location to be determined) to showcase the three finalists’ concept proposals and to gather input for consideration by the Selection Committee being formed and convened by Cambridge Arts.

Anyone interested in being on the Selection Committee should contact Lillian Hsu, Director of Public Art and Exhibitions for Cambridge Arts, at lhsu@cambridgema.gov 


Makerspace Meeting 2

We are holding our second planning meeting for the makerspace at the Foundry. Join us at:

Artisan’s Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Thursday, September 6, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Preview the Agenda


Upcoming Foundry Meetings

Upcoming meetings that may be of interest to the community regarding the Foundry building are as follows:

Friday, July 13 | 8 a.m – 10 a.m

Foundry Advisory Committee meeting at 125 Sixth Street in the Police Station Community Room. Architects will share preliminary findings and design ideas.

Wednesday, July 25 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Community meeting at the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire Street in Cambridge. Architects will share preliminary findings and participants will have opportunities to provide input.

Wednesday, August 8 | 8:30 a.m – 10 a.m. 

Meeting sponsored by the Foundry Consortium in the Beech Room of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway to discuss the maker space/workshop at the Foundry and what can be learned from other similar spaces in the area. Space is limited for this meeting, please RSVP zoev@mit.edu if you plan to attend. 

The Foundry Consortium met with representatives from the community on June 12th to discuss the arts and performing arts at the Foundry. The robust discussion informed the design of a survey that will provide information for the architectural design of the flexible performance space. The final version of those survey results are available here for download.

The Foundry Consortium and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority greatly appreciates the time of those who submitted responses to the survey.