The Foundry

Cambridge, MA
A future center for creativity, collaboration and education in an historic industrial building.
Sponsor
Community
Space
Mixed Use Office
Flexible Classroom /
Studio Space
Flexible Performance
Space
1. Events
What events would you like to attend or sponsor at the Foundry? See responses

History idea

Since I was lead petitioner for landmarking of this building, I would love its history to be integrated into the use to permanently honor the women who toiled here and paved the way for women workers in... Read more

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The city should contract a third party to do real research including surveys, focus groups, and interviews of community members and local nonprofit/social benefit organizations to: 1. identify potential... Read more

ps. Look at Denver Shared Spaces for a start: https://www.facebook.com/DenverSpaces/ We do not have to reinvent the wheel here - learn from what others have done already!

Thank you for your suggestion - we will reach out to the Nonprofit Center Network. We have updated our rent expectations to carry a wide range of rates and are launching outreach to seek input from a... Read more

A formal research sounds like a great idea! I lead a non-profit in East Cambridge as the pastor of Trinity Cambridge Church, and we'd be interested in being an anchor tenant at the Foundry, whether we... Read more

Shawn - we expect to put together a solicitation for ideas and interest from potential operators and program tenants in the upcoming months.

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I'd like to echo what's been said about retaining and supporting our artistic community by providing affordable- and I mean really affordable- work spaces.

Not just work space but an outlet to sell our handcrafted items

We will look again at the concept of an arts market. The location is not great for retail sales, but a small associated footprint associated with a cafe or gallery might work. We have also discussed... Read more

Above All, the issue of offering affordable workspace for Artists (I call them the makers whatever form of expression is used) should be prioritized. Cambridge is loosing its population of makers since... Read more

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Do you have feedback on the recent conceptual design ideas for the Foundry?

Keep the large open and high ceiling space for flexible use, provide studios and/or maker space with shared tools and equipment.

Thanks! Your ideas are currently very closely aligned with designs now being created as early financial feasibility is completed. The goal is to keep an open area that allows visitors to see the amazing... Read more

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Cambridge has a notorious shortage of affordable work spaces for artists and small businesses who participate to the creative economy. As other cities recognize the vibrant role of its artistic population,... Read more

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What events would you like to attend or sponsor at the Foundry?

Performance

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What events would you like to attend or sponsor at the Foundry?

Makerspace Workshop

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Any other questions or suggestions about this project?

We are located in the highest density tech/lab space in the world. We do not need to dedicate precious Foundry space to that discipline. There should be plenty of mentoring opportunities within the school... Read more

Thanks for your comments. We will be connecting with the schools to explore the kinds of links that can be formed there. Your comments about focusing on the arts and about the kinds of arts you'd like... Read more

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Do you have suggestions for STEAM organizations that the Foundry team should connect with?

Again, I have no interest in STEM with A thrown in as an after thought.

Art will definitely play a key role -- and as the building's programs evolve, we will be looking for programs that meet multiple goals, including to connect people to a range of arts opportunities. Studio... Read more

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What types of art and technology classes would you like to see take place within the Foundry?

I would participate in any kind of art programming including painting, jewelry making, woodworking, silk screening, pottery. I really have no interest in tech at all. We have too much of that emphasis... Read more

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What events would you like to attend or sponsor at the Foundry?

Performance

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What types of art and technology classes would you like to see take place within the Foundry?

For adults and children: Pottery, drawing and painting, singing groups, green technology info, demonstrations.

Thanks for these ideas! And for pointing out that you'd like to see them provided for both adults and children. This is great feedback as the Foundry Consortium conducts outreach to organizations who may... Read more

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Do you have feedback on the recent conceptual design ideas for the Foundry?

I would include a lot more green space outdoors with less hardscaping. I would love to see more plants and greenery indoors too.

The current early designs include a small courtyard running along one side of the building with some greenery. This building will meet extremely high environmental standards, so that space will be designed... Read more

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Any other questions or suggestions about this project?

With the loss of so much artist practice space (eg EMF building) and performance space (various clubs in Central Square), it would be nice to have practice rooms as well as a concert venue, not just a... Read more

Thanks for the feedback. Having a rehearsal room that would also be suitable for yoga or dance classes is a priority as early design plans are being developed. The theatre space will be a very flexible... Read more

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