Our We are Cambridge Celebration is being rescheduled, given the measures underway to protect the health and safety of residents from the coronavirus and prevent its spread in our community, we will be rescheduling our April 16th We are Cambridge Celebration to the latter part of 2020. We’re currently working with the event venue to secure a new date and will be in touch with an update very soon.

The Cambridge Community Foundation supports three visionary goals in our city: shared prosperity, social equity, and cultural richness. Join us for a lively evening focused on our city’s cultural richness to:

  • honor 20 Cambridge Cultural Visionaries who are artists of national distinction and also our neighbors;
  • celebrate our city’s vibrant, colorful cultural fabric;
  • launch the Foundation’s new Cultural Capital Fund to cultivate creativity, build community, and support future generations.

The 20 Cambridge Cultural Visionaries

Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro

Playwright, Huntington Playwriting Fellow

De Ama Battle

Founder/artistic director of the Art of Black Dance and Music, Inc., educator

Phyllis Bretholtz

Photographer, activist, English teacher at CRLS

Elsa Dorfman

Photographer known for large-format Polaroid portraits

Wally Gilbert

Artist, scientist, Nobel Laureate

Marvin Gilmore

Musician, founder of The Western Front

Adrienne Hawkins

Modern jazz dancer, choreographer, teacher

Gish Jen

Novelist, essayist, Cantabridgophile

Frank Kramer

Owner emeritus of landmark Harvard Book Store

Tunney Lee

Architect, urban planner, MIT Professor Emeritus

Lois Lowry

Author, two-time Newbery Medal-winner

Frank Lucas

Graphic designer, director of art and marketing design

Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist, founder of Silkroad

Barbara Norfleet

Photographer, curator, and social scientist

Robert Pinsky

US Poet Laureate, founder of the Favorite Poem Project

Betsy Siggins

Co-founder of Club 47 (Passim), Folk New England, Culture for Kids

Alberto Vasallo, Jr.

Founder/publisher of El Mundo newspaper

Clara Wainwright

Quiltmaker, creator of First Night

Bill Warner

Founder of Avid Technology, Inc., inventor of Media Composer

Frederick Wiseman

Documentary filmmaker

Celebration curated by Linda Chin, Arts and Culture Fellow, Cambridge Community Foundation