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Help shape your community through Public Art!

The Public Art Youth Council (PAYC) program is a collective of teenagers representing Cambridge’s 13 diverse neighborhoods as ambassadors for public art. PAYC members are recruited and hired to work under the guidance of Public Art Program staff to create activities and events that invite fellow youth to deepen their understanding of and engagement with public art.

Now Hiring: You.
We’re looking for 10-12 teens (ages 14-18) from all over Cambridge to participate on the PAYC.

What you’ll do:
You have over 170 works of public art in your community. Public art can be lights, walls, sidewalks, sculptures, benches, fences, events, and more! This youth council will bring the voice of youth to the CAC Public Art Program by designing activities and events tailored to teen audiences.

• Meet for weekly 90-minute meetings from Jan-June 2010 at the Cambridge Arts Council
• Learn about public art in the City - and share your discoveries with others
• Create your own projects, activities, and events related to public art
• Promote your projects and events - and get others involved in public art

Get Paid!
Youth Council Participants will be paid $10/hour for attendance at meetings and project activities.

How to Apply:
CAC encourages high school students with ALL work backgrounds and arts experience to apply. 
:: Download the application.

They are also available at your school and at the CAC office.

Questions: Contact Jeremy Gaucher, Public Art Administrator
(617) 349-4388 or

Learn about Public Art Youth Council's Past Activities

AYC created Chalk Day at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

PAYC created the Chalk Day event to promote public art within the CRLS community.

Cambridge’s Public Art Youth Council is a program of the Cambridge Arts Council and a collaboration with Cambridge youth. This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Cambridge and through a Local Cultural Council grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.