Cambridge's Community Art Center &

its YOUTH photography program

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The COMMUNITY ART CENTER was founded in 1937 in the Newtowne Court housing development in Central Square, Cambridge. It has long been an anchor for the surrounding community, particularly its youngest residents. As a result of decades of creative programs and events focused on youth, the Community Art Center has generated an incredible collection of art produced by young people in Cambridge.

 

One of the most impressive but lesser-known programs at the CAC is its youth photography class. We endeavor to give you a LOT more information about this long-running program as we learn more about its history in the future. For now, we have some amazing photos scanned and we wanted to share them with the world.

 

The selected images here were collected during a visit to the center’s archives by Pacey Foster and Brian Coleman in the fall of 2019, and were scanned by Brian Coleman, from original prints and color slides. (What you see on this page is less than half of the total images scanned).

 

We unfortunately do not have photographer IDs on any of these, which we hope to correct soon! It should be noted that we do not own or claim rights to any of these images, so if anyone has an issue with them being up (for instance, if you are one of the people in a photo and do not wish to have it up online), please let us know.

 

As importantly, if you grew up in the Newtowne Court houses and/or if you have any additional information about this program, any of the photographers, or subjects of these images, please reach out to us, we’d LOVE to hear from you!

 

For more information about the Community Art Center and its amazing programs, that continue to enrich the lives of young people in Cambridge to this day, please visit https://www.communityartcenter.org and https://www.communityartcenter.org/our-story.

[Thank you to Fran Smith for the original intro at the CAC, and to Jensun Yonjan for allowing us to borrow the materials to digitize.]

SELECTED COLOR SLIDES (1970s and early 1980s)

CAC Slides 63 slide says June 78
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CAC Slides 37 slide says Feb 79
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CAC Slides 2 no date on slide
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CAC Slides 1 slide says Nov 78
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CAC Slides 55 no date on slide says Chri
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CAC Slides 6 slide says July 86 Block Pa
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CAC Slides 53 slide says May 79
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CAC Slides 10 slide says June 76 maybe 7
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CAC Slides 8
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CAC Slides 14 slide says Sept 76
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CAC Slides 16 slide says Dec 78
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CAC Slides 21
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CAC Slides 29
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CAC Slides 22 slide says June 78
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CAC Slides 32 slide says July 79
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CAC Slides 43 slide says Feb 81 Dance Pe
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CAC Slides 51 slide says July 81
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CAC Slides 50 slide says Aug 76 maybe 78
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CAC Slides 61 slide says June 78
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CAC Slides 62 slide says June 78
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CAC Slides 57 no date on slide
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CAC Slides 65 slide says May 79
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CAC Slides 4 slide says July 81
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CAC Slides 71 Guru Blanket Band no date
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CAC Slides 72 no date on slide
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CAC Slides 15 slide says June 78
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CAC Slides 73 slide says July 79
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CAC Slides 74 slide says Oct 78
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SELECTED PRINTS #1

(1970s and 1980s)

CAC 40
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CAC 56
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CAC 77
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CAC 5
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CAC 58 Kimberly Baxter Tanikka see back
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CAC 20 says Tyrone Biletti on back
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CAC 81
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CAC 70 black power poster
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CAC 73
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CAC 68 from left
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CAC 66 Richard Harding Val Postell
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CAC 64
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CAC 59
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CAC 53 says Jalisa on back
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CAC 48
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CAC 49
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CAC 50 says Jamie Donnelly on back
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CAC 41
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CAC 47
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CAC 37
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CAC 33
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CAC 30
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CAC 22 says Tennille Monroe 4 89 on back
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CAC 17
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CAC 11 says Deisi Payez on back
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CAC 9
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CAC 3
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CAC 2
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SELECTED PRINTS #2

(1970s and 1980s)

CAC 177 too big to scan photographed
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CAC 178 too big to scan photographed
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CAC 145 says Susan Richards on back
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CAC 176 too big to scan photographed
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CAC 168
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CAC 160 says Sabrina on back
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CAC 165
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CAC 166 says Burton on back
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CAC 163 breakers
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CAC 157
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CAC 152
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CAC 158
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CAC 151
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CAC 142
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CAC 150
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CAC 170
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CAC 138
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CAC 123
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CAC 129
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CAC 123 says Brian Rezendez and Tico on
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CAC 122
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CAC 121
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CAC 111
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CAC 102 says Nikki on back
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CAC 94 maybe Priscilla and Jimmy again
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