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Talking points, ready? Let’s workshop…
You have a total of 3 minutes to speak at public comment, how can you make your voice have as much impact as it actually can?
To start off, signup for public comment here: https://www.cambridgema.gov/Departments/CityCouncil/PublicCommentSignUpForm
Be sure to write out what you are going to say, and submit it for public record by emailing it to: clerk@cambridgema.gov
Let’s focus on a few things:
Financial
Touch upon how you earn your income from activities related to teaching, rehearsing, performing, etc. in Cambridge. Do you rely on arts organizations for those activities? Thinking on the other end, how do you help area businesses in this ecosystem? Think about the performances that happen here for instance, how many of your audience members go out for drinks or some dinner before/after your show? After/before your class? Rehearsal?
Cultural
What art-related culture do you bring to the square? Traditional arts? Contemporary arts? All exchange of these interactions between students/teachers, rehearsal directors/performers, performers/audiences provide an enormous amount of cultural wealth which makes the social web and heart of the square beat. It’s why people are attracted to an area, in this case, Cambridge and/or Central Sq.
Small Businesses
If you are creating, working, exchanging money with your artistic activities you more than likely are operating a small business of some sort. it either is a sole proprietorship (you use your name and SSN for the business), non profit, S Corp, C Corp, DBA, or any other myriad of business structures to define how you operate. As a small business you contribute to the economy and stimulate economic activity in the City/square. Talk about your arts business just the same as if you operated a brick and mortar.
 
Personal
Share your history with the square/City. How has your art depended on location, specifically Cambridge? Transportation options available (public transit and parking). For artistic exchange at the “crossroads”, transportation is pinnacle to making it possible. Or, maybe you have built history here watching how the landscape has changed? What was your role in this change? How has your relationship with the City/Square changed due to gentrification and development?
 
I think that’s enough to get you started. Also, letters are also great! If you can’t make it to public comment be sure to write the City Council CCing the City Clerk before the start of the meeting 5:30, Sept 14. emails are: citycouncil@cambridgema.gov, cityclerk@cambridgema.gov PM me if there is anything you are stuck on.
 
To signup for public comment is open now until 6pm on Monday, Sept. 14: https://www.cambridgema.gov/Departments/CityCouncil/PublicCommentSignUpForm

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