At the Cambridge Community Foundation, we strive to uphold Cambridge as a beacon of cultural richness. We envision a city where diverse communities spark spiritual, social, and artistic exploration; where innovation thrives; and where connections between residents are deepened across neighborhoods, cultures, and backgrounds.
We believe that supporting the arts and culture in Cambridge will ensure that the unique character of our city continues to flourish and evolve. Paramount to this goal is galvanizing younger generations to contribute to the vibrant theater and film scenes, street art, and music that make the city a wonderful place to live and work.
Three of our nonprofit partners — Cambridge Community Television, the Loop Lab, and the Community Art Center — are doing just that.
Cambridge Community Television’s Youth Media Program
Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) nurtures a strong, equitable, and diverse community. CCTV provides tools and training to foster free speech, civic engagement, and creative expression while connecting people to collaboratively produce media that is responsive, relevant, and effective in a fast-changing technological environment.
With a Summer Media Institute and a School Year Production Program, CCTV’s Youth Media Program allows young people in Cambridge to work as paid media artists, building vital career skills.
“The Youth Media Program primarily serves young people from under-resourced populations who are constantly bombarded by media that contain messages and assumptions about who they are and where they come from,” said Xia Rondeau, the youth & immersive media coordinator at CCTV. “Young people know the power of media, and here they are able to harness it.”
Catalyzed by the Cambridge Community Foundation: With a $15,000 grant in Spring 2019, CCTV’s Youth Media Program used virtual reality to combat climate change. Students created 360º films illustrating the impact of climate change on various communities in and around Boston.
“Through this exploration, with the generous support of the Cambridge Community Foundation, CCTV was able to implement new and emerging technologies into our youth programming, facilitating personal connections with the devastating impact of climate change and the superheroes who are addressing it,” Rondeau said.
“Our participants walked away knowing that they had produced a 360º movie, while also making a difference in their world,” Rondeau said.
Each of the students’ projects was screened for an audience of 100+ people at the Cambridge Public Library and continues to be shared on CCTV’s online channels.
The Loop Lab
The Loop Lab is a nonprofit social enterprise specializing in media arts internships for youth and digital storytelling. Its mission is to empower young people of color in the media arts to develop careers in audio/video through employment training and job placement. The organization is committed to fighting inequality and racism through digital storytelling.