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 Calendar
Virtual or in-person, take a look at the Arts across Medford calendar featuring art openings, films, talks, classes, and theatre, dance and music performances.
Circle the Square
A street festival in Medford Square held on a Saturday during the summer featuring live performances, local artisans, participatory activities, special dining opportunities, 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 Board of Directors
Laurel Siegel, President
Dee Morris, Clerk
Pam Shanley, Treasurer
Allie Fiske Shvonski, Programs Director
Laura Brereton, Programming Coordinator
CACHE Synergy Award
Each year, the CACHE Board of Directors recognizes an individual who has made substantial contributions to the arts and culture community in Medford.
Sam Sednek, Children's Librarian at the Medford Public Library has worked tirelessly for years bringing literature, creativity, and connectivity to youth in Medford. A staple at Medford's many events, Sam has contributed tremendously to arts in culture in Medford by continually challenging adults and children alike to harness their inner creativity in community projects, even throughout a pandemic and library transition.
Sharon Hepburn, owner of Mystic Coffee Roaster, has been a beacon in the community and a tremendous supporter of CACHE and the Medford arts and culture community. Through her business, Sharon has hosted rotating art exhibits highlighting numerous local artists, participated in Circle the Square and the Mystic River Celebration, offered special deals on Riverside Plaza performance nights, hosted performances and art openings, and generally supported the bustling arts scene in Medford.
Laura Brereton, musician and owner of Medford Music Studio, has devoted endless time to supporting emerging and professional musicians by presenting them at dozens of events throughout Medford. Laura has programmed artists for Circle the Square, the Mystic River Celebration, the Condon Shell Summer Concert Series, Riverside Plaza Nights, OnStage Music Series, Medford Farmers Market, and more.
Doug Carr has been a tremendous supporter of CACHE and has donated countless hours of his time to the renovation and preservation of the Brooks Estate and telling the story of the Brooks Family and their relationship to Medford and the arts.
Ken Krause, a quiet force behind many successful arts, culture, and environmental initiatives in Medford including the CACHE Arts and Culture Calendar.
Nell Coakley, former Medford Transcript editor, for her hard work ensuring that CACHE and the arts always had a place in the Medford Transcript.
Read CACHE's 2016 Strategic Plan
The mission of ArtsAlive Medford Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the City of Medford by advancing arts, culture and history and by providing resources and being an advocate that promotes the arts community.
ArtsMedford, Inc. (formerly MACI) nurtures creativity, supports artists and the arts, and works to reflect the diverse community of Medford. They make art more accessible for all by removing barriers to participation and bringing programs into the community. www.medfordart.org
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. www.chevaliertheatre.com
The City of Medford’s Chevalier Theatre owns one of New England’s rare Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organs, a 1922 model saved from the wrecking ball at a Dayton, Ohio, theater and donated by the Maine chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. The nonprofit Chevalier Theatre Organ Society was formed in 2002 to restore, install, and maintain the Wurlitzer, and to raise all necessary funds. Once operating, the organ will be used for concerts, silent movie accompaniment, educational programs, and enhancing other entertainment at Chevalier.
Dance Caliente offers social dance classes, performances and workshops for individuals, groups, schools, libraries, senior centers, corporations and more. They emphasize fun, creativity and inclusion. 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.
Friends of Chevalier Auditorium & Gene Mack Gym is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering financial and community support and being an advocate for the historic theater and gymnasium. Through promotion of cultural, theatrical, civic, and youth programs, the Friends strive to enrich the quality of life in the community. Since 1993 years, through fundraising efforts and hands-on volunteering, the Friends have performed or paid for physical improvements to the facilities; sponsored free community concerts; and worked with city officials to help bring the youth center in Gene Mack Gym to fruition in 2001, and full-time professional management to the theater in 2017. 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
Howe Creative Gallery & Studio is an art studio and multi-purpose gallery and creative gathering space for art classes, lessons, figure drawing, meetings, musical performances, etc. The studio space is utilized for the production of Christopher Howe's artwork and for production of collaborative art projects. www.howecreative.net
Jerome Street Studios is a small, co-operatively run art studio space in West Medford. Artists working out of the studio include a guitar teacher, a caterer and chef, a jeweler, a potter, and a mixed-media painter. www.jeromestreetstudios.com
Loving Little Minds is a nonprofit dedicated to diversity in literature for children ages 0-6. As children begin to form their view of the world and how they fit into it, it's imperative they have access to books that represent diverse cultures and races. We curate and provide families with those resources. www.lovinglittleminds.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 Educational 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 Makerspace is a project of Medford Arts Center, Inc 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 was founded in 1972 to protect and restore natural resources in the 22 community watershed. MyRWA accomplishes this work through efforts of professional staff and thousands of volunteers working together on a project-by-project basis. www.mysticriver.org
Outside the Lines is an arts-based alternative day program collectively run by artists to support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. www.otlstudio.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
Tufts University is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately-sized university that excels at providing students with a personal experience.
West Medford Community Center provides a range of programs, services and events, all in the service of building community throughout the Mystic Valley Region. www.wmcc.us
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.