A graphic representation of the planned Starlight Square, courtesy of Central Square Business Improvement District.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the beating heart of Cambridge’s arts and culture scene in Central Square. As our artists, arts organizations, and restaurants struggle to survive, a community-led initiative seeks to provide relief and inspire wonder.

Designed and developed by the Central Square Business Improvement District (BID) in collaboration with Flagg Street Studio and Boyes-Watson Architects, Starlight Square will transform a parking lot for cars into a place for people, provide safe space for free arts performances, outdoor dining from local restaurants, and socially-distanced gathering space for local organizations and neighbors. We’re proud to join the Central Square BID, City of Cambridge, and many other supporters to make this important project a reality.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our cultural organizations, threatening their viability and ability to survive without serious re-investment,” said our president Geeta Pradhan. “Our heartfelt thanks to the Central Square BID, the City of Cambridge, and other supporters of Starlight Square for building a space that will bring artists, arts organizations, and neighbors together to begin the process of recovery by imagining new ways to protect the vitality and vibrancy that defines Central Square and Cambridge.”

Starlight is scheduled to open in early August and will be located on Lot 5 behind H-Mart and Revolutionary Clinics. You can help bring Starlight to life by supporting the BID’s Patronicity campaign. Watch their video!