The Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy (CACHE in Medford, Inc.) was founded in 2010 as a way to bring the diverse cultural organizations of Medford together to discuss the state of the arts in Medford, share experiences, and network. This coalition quickly grew from five organizations to twenty. Today, CACHE is behind three main events in Medford:
Arts Across Medford
A month of free or low-cost arts, cultural, and historic events throughout Medford in October. The 2015 festival served over 1,000 individuals.
Circle the Square
A street festival in Medford Square held on the third Thursday in June, July and August, featuring live performances, local artisans, participatory activities, special dining opportunities, crafts, shopping and more in different spaces throughout the square.
Mystic River Celebration
A one-day free arts festival at the Condon Shell in Medford featuring live music, artist vendors, local food, public art, and activities for all ages.
CACHE in Medford Board of Directors
Laurel Siegel, President
Maria Daniels, Treasurer
Cheryl Pendenza, Clerk
Allie Fiske Shvonski, Programs Director
Laura Brereton, Programming Coodinator
The Chevalier Theatre Commission is a city-appointed commission that oversees the beautiful 1,900 seat Chevalier Theatre. Located in Medford, Massachusetts, the Chevalier Theatre is one of the Boston area’s hidden gems, an historical landmark, a memorial to a hero and a cultural icon. It is a working theater available for rent. www.chevaliertheatre.com
The Mission of the Chevalier Theatre Organ Society, formed in 2002, is to restore, install and maintain a 9 rank, 2 manual Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ at the Chevalier Theatre on Forest Street in Medford. The objectives of the organization are to raise funds for the theatre restoration and contribute to the musical education and cultural enrichment of the public. Members include organ installers, members of the American Theatre Organ Society, and theatre organ music lovers of all ages. www.chevaliertheatreorgan.org
Dance Caliente was created to bring the emotional, social and physical benefits of social dance to people of all ages. To this end, Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves, owners, offer group and private Ballroom and Latin Social Dance lessons in Medford and Arlington, and Interactive Performances and Party Facilitation. They are highly recognized for 'Dancing Through the Decades with Dance Caliente' (a ballroom dance show designed for seniors with audience participation) and 'Dance Caliente Childrens' Latin Dance Workshop' (through animal imagery, children begin to dance the merengue, cumbia, argentine tango and salsa). Eileen and Raul use humor, creative teaching techniques (most notably 'Oonka Ah', an alternative to counting) as they teach and dance from the heart. www.dancecaliente.com
Dee Morris is an independent scholar and educational consultant specializing in the 19th century history of Greater Boston. She presents thematic walking tours and presentations at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. Other programs, highlighting each community's past, are tailored for schools, libraries and historical societies. Her goal is to introduce contemporary people to their civic ancestors.
Whether writing a house history or an article about life in vanished times, Dee meaningfully connects the present with what has come before.
The Friends of Chevalier Auditorium and Gene Mack Gymnasium, Inc. was incorporated in July 1993 to foster community support and be an advocate for the two institutions by promoting cultural, theatrical, civic and youth programs in the historic facility. Over the years, through fund-raising efforts and hands-on volunteering, the Friends have performed or paid for physical improvements to the facilities; sponsored free community concerts and other fund-raising events at the theatre; and worked with the Mayor and City Council to bring the youth center to fruition in 2001. To date, the Friends have raised more than $150,000 in support of Chevalier Auditorium and the Gene Mack Clubhouse. www.friendsofchevaliertheater.org
The Friends of the Medford Public Library is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing funds for library projects and acquisitions, promoting the library’s services and activities, and assisting in maintaining a welcoming and patron-friendly environment. The Friends are a group of volunteers dedicated to enhancing and promoting Medford's local library as a valuable and vital community resource. www.friendsofmedfordlibrary.org
Medford Arts Center, Incorporated (MACI) encourages and promotes the arts in Medford, Massachusetts through arts appreciation and education. www.medfordart.org
The Brooks Estate was first settled in about 1660, and was transformed into a Victorian summer retreat by Peter Chardon and Shepherd Brooks. It is graced by two fine Victorian buildings: the Shepherd Brooks Manor and Carriage House (1880), both under restoration. The Brooks Estate offers acres of open space, walking trails, Brooks Pond and a unique historic landscape. It is also critical habitat for birds and small mammals. Visitors are welcome to walk the paths and enjoy the quiet and beautiful outdoors. Owned since 1942 by the City of Medford, the Brooks Estate was permanently protected in late 1998. Restoration of the landscape and historic buildings is underway. www.brooksestate.org
Since 1926, the Medford Chamber enriches and advances the business climate for the entire community. The chamber membership is comprised of businesses of all sizes and industries to help the local business community collaborate, cooperate, grow and flourish. www.medfordchamberma.com
The Medford Education Foundation is a private fund to supplement the city's public education budget by rewarding teacher innovation in the classroom. www.medfordedfund.org
The Medford Family Network (MFN) of the Medford Public Schools is a family support and parenting education program that is available to every child and caregiver who lives or works in Medford with at least one child prenatal through age seven. The goal of the MFN is to create a strong web of support for all families of young children. This is accomplished by making community connections in three ways:
- Connecting families to families;
- Fostering family contact with community resources; and
- Building collaborative relationships among community agencies.
Every Thursday from June through October, the Medford Farmer’s Market brings farmers and crafters to the Medford community to sell locally grown and produced goods. These include fresh eggs, produce, bread, grass-fed meats, cheese, honey, coffee, jewelry, candy, and more. The market is located at the Condon Shell on Mystic Valley Parkway and is open from 3-7pm. www.medfordfarmersmarket.org
This local historical society was organized in 1896 by concerned citizens from the city of Medford, Massachusetts. Their purpose was to collect and preserve the history of Medford, to correct the myths that had grown up over the years, to build a historical library, to collect the artifacts of local history, and to celebrate historical anniversaries. www.medfordhistorical.org
The Mystic Makers believe learning to make empowers individuals and strengthens communities. The Mystic Makerspace is a program dedicated to adults and teens ages 16 and up. They offer tools, space, expertise, and materials for community use during Open Making Times and scheduled classes. Their safe and welcoming environment allows participants to learn, create, and repair by sharing skills, knowledge, and tools. www.mysticmakerspace.org
The Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) was established in 1972 to protect and restore the Mystic River, its tributaries, and watershed lands for the benefit of present and future generations and to celebrate the value, importance and great beauty of these natural resources. www.mysticriver.org
Outside the Lines Studio is an arts-based alternative day program, collectively run by artists, for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. The organization's mission is to provide a creative, supportive community, where each individual can explore their own unique potential in a way that best suits their interests, talents, and learning styles. In addition to expressive therapy, job-training, and community integration, we provide opportunities for individuals to gain recognition and income as artists. 85% of proceeds go directly to the individual artist. www.outsidethelinesstudio.org
In the eighteenth century, the Royall House and Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. Today, the Royall House and Slave Quarters is a museum whose architecture, household items, archaeological artifacts, and programs bear witness to intertwined stories of wealth and bondage, set against the backdrop of America’s quest for independence. The Slave Quarters is the only remaining such structure in the northern United States, and the Royall House is among the finest colonial-era buildings in New England. www.royallhouse.org
Formed in Medford in 2008, Works-in-Progress Art Group is made up of about 14 local visual artists who meet monthly to discuss works-in-progress, technique, inspiration, and related topics. Members discuss works created with traditional and digital media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and fiber arts.