For more than a dozen years the Multicultural Arts Center has partnered with Cambridge Arts and presented the largest music stage at the annual Cambridge Arts River Festival.


On Saturday, June 5, 2021 Cambridge Arts River Festival – Not the River but the Stream – a virtual festival filled with outstanding music took place via the internet. 


The Jazz, Blues and R & B Stage, curated by Producer/Creative Director Shelley Neill teamed up with Director of Video Production Callie Chapman, in capturing five solo piano concerts by some of the areas most respected Jazz musicians: Tim Ray, Kevin Harris, Rebecca Cline, Bob Toabe, and Yoko Miwa and includes an interview with each artist after their performance. 


The five piano concerts were recorded, during the day, at the Jazz Club in the Multicultural Arts Center’s Studio/Theater, providing both an acoustically excellent and visually beautiful setting, in keeping with the Jazz, Blues and R & B concerts that are intrinsic part of each year’s Cambridge Arts River Festival.


This presentation will also feature six short videos of: Billie Holiday, Terri Lyne Carrington, Shirley Horn, Art Tatum, Chick Webb and Nina Simone. They are part of a library of Jazz musicians that are in the process of being assembled by the Cambridge Jazz Foundation.


The festival enlists the support of six project partners: Cambridge Arts, The Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge Jazz Foundation, Studio 550, JazzBoston, and Cambridge Community Television.


The Running Time is 2 hours and 18 minutes – an oasis of good music awaits you! 

Scenes from the upcoming Virtual River Festival (Left to Right: Kevin Harris, Yoko Miwa, Bob Toabe, Tim Ray and Rebecca Cline) Montage by Callie Chapman

Art and Yoga this Summer!
We are thrilled to bring yoga instructor Maria Emmons to the center starting this June. Maria is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor with a focus in vinyasa flow (breath to movement). For the last three years, she has been teaching Intro to Yoga, Beginner Yoga, and Intermediate Yoga for both CorePower and PLT4M (who develop customizable, research based fitness and performance programs). At the Arts Center, her programs will give students the opportunity to engage with the current art work in our Gallery through specially designed yoga sets that reflect on the work through basic vinyasa flow and meditative practice.
We asked Maria why she teaches yoga, and here is her answer:
In yoga there is a Sanskrit word “sancalpa” meaning “your why.” My sancalpa is that by owning my strengths and staying grounded, I empower others to discover their own strength and find grounding. Sometimes meditation is hard, I love yoga because it creates a moving meditation.
Monday, June 21st: 5pm - 6pm (with gallery open until 6:30pm)

In the Gallery:

Krik? Krak!: A call and response in some Haitian villages between a storyteller and their audience.

Image: lions, tigers, and rabbits by Linda Sok

Stories have been used in various ways throughout history. There's folklore that is meant to frighten and entertain. Cautionary tales that are used to guide and teach through grizzly consequences. Other stories are used to draw out emotion and can inspire one to confront a conflict with the world or with oneself. Growth and healing can be sparked by these ancestral tales.


No matter our journeys, we all have at least one story that has left a great impact on our lives. A story that has shaped our view of the world around us and ourselves. That taught us how to tell right from wrong and keep our loved ones safe. 


We are excited to showcase the visual arts portion of Creatives of Color Boston’s event, Krik? Krak!, in our virtual and physical gallery space.

Learn more about Creatives of Color Boston's work here:

Our Gallery is now open for in-person
timed visits on Fridays!

To schedule your visit with us, please click the below link!

Because so much of the pandemic has revolved around what we can’t do, we wanted people in the community to be able to do something pro-active. Our stories are about sharing with one another - something we can do. We have great hope for the future and we think that our stories will help us to both better understand what is happening now, show how we are coping, and give us a path to moving forward. Our day-to-day may be restricted but not our creativity, which has no boundaries.

What people are saying about Cambridge: Our Town - Our Stories:


Powerful! — Delightful! — A Valuable Historical Document! 

What a great idea! — 

Cambridge: Our Town - Our Stories
on WGBH's Under the Radar with Callie Crossle
If you missed Cambridge: Our Town - Our Stories' March 12th segment on 
Under the Radar, it is now available online!

We are now accepting proposals for gallery exhibitions. Work needs to be wall mountable fine art that relates to our mission of supporting multicultural arts that help to educate the community about diversity. We also strive to support artists and groups who may not otherwise have access to a professionally equipped and accessible facility or the cultural mainstream. BIPOC artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

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