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Michael Oatman's Cantabrigians 

Brass Sisters    
West Cambridge Youth and Community Center
680 Huron Avenue

Dedication: Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

For more information on the dedication ceremony, click here.

The new facility is being named the Mayor Sheila Doyle Russell Youth Center in honor of the former Cambridge Mayor and long-time youth advocate.

Construction of the new facility at 680 Huron Avenue was completed in June 2009. Through the city's award-winning Public Art Program, the Cambridge Arts Council commissioned Michael Oatman to create a permanent artwork for the new facility. Entitled, The Cantabrigians, Oatman's 23 ten-minute "video portraits" of residents, posed with objects and backgrounds of their choice highlight their connections to the neighborhoods as well as their individual interests and personal and professional pursuits. The video portraits can be viewed in rotation on three large-scale monitors that will be permanently installed on the second floor of the Youth Center. The video portraits were created during the CAC Gallery exhibition, You are Here, A 21st Century Portrait in June and July 2009.

:: View Portraits of Michael Oatman's The Cantabrigians

:: 'The Cantabrigians' shares a few residents' favorite things, Boston Globe, 9/25/09

Cambridge Seven Associates incorporated green building technologies into the design. The Youth Center includes a full size gym with dividers for multiple use; a fitness room with exercise equipment and free weights; a "teaching kitchen;" computer learning and homework center with 20 stations; a multi-purpose performance room with a platform stage; an arts and crafts room; an art wall for temporary youth exhibitions; and a community meeting room plus various open lounge areas. The performance space includes state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and a drop-down viewing screen.

The City of Cambridge gratefully acknowledges VFW Mount Auburn Post #8818 for its support of the city's efforts to provide expanded youth programming and activities in West Cambridge. The city also wishes to thank the Cambridge Housing Authority and the Haggerty School for hosting the West Cambridge Youth Center prior to its move into the new location.

Learn more about the West Cambridge Youth and Community Center at:

Pictured Above: Adriel Hsu-Flanders, Bernie Flynn, and Brass Sisters
photos: Michael Oatman