We were determined to get our dream built, and PCA’s vision and support for many long years have made arts education for kids a reality!
– Terry Delancey, Directory, Agassiz Baldwin Community
Agassiz Baldwin Community
Rebuild and expand a historic existing carriage house to create a 3,200 square foot, city-wide art center featuring four studios.
Create Cambridge’s first all-ages community arts center on a limited budget and within a residential neighborhood. Reflect both historic neighborhood character and creative educational spirit.
PCA shepherded the project through a lengthy permitting process and a unique artist/architectural collaboration, recreating the form and residential scale of the historic carriage house to create an inviting entry and contemporary rear wing. Four professionally-outfitted studios, linked by central day-lit stairwell and mural wall, provide classrooms for children and professional workspace while high open ceilings create an artist’s studio ambiance. Whimsical flourishes throughout like “paintbrush” door handles, a palette-themed weathervane, and a diamond exterior paint pattern are designed to express the joy of making art and help make the building a work of art in its own right.
With youth classes enrolled, the project has fulfilled the Agassiz Baldwin Communitys long-held vision. At its October 6, 2010 grand opening, Cambridge Mayor David Maher noted the center “reflects the spirit of Cambridge, and the value of the arts.”
The Boston Globe
“Maud Morgan Arts centers on the community of all ages”
Art New England
“The New Maud Morgan Center for the Visual Arts”
The Boston Globe
“Raising Arts Center Roof”