Alan Toda-Ambaras, Co-Founder & Board Member, Eureka Ensemble
… This fall, as a result of the pandemic, many of our larger, orchestral programs had been put on hold. Thanks to our partnership with the CCCA at Canal District Kendall, however, we were able to not only continue putting up performances but also to make new connections with Cambridge audiences, which is especially meaningful because our
nonprofit is registered in Cambridge…
Andrea Windhausen, Community Manager, BioMed Realty (BMR)
… BCCA established and has been managing the CCCA arts facility since January, 2020 to help artists that were displaced by facility closures… BCCA provides professional management with an emphasis on facilitating an enjoyable experience for the public. They offer dance and exercise instruction for all ages and abilities, and they organize community-driven events and workshops. BCCA has demonstrated very high levels of customer service and has a devoted customer base. They have exceeded all expectations for quantity and quality of programming, and have brought new and familiar faces to Canal District Kendall…
The Brookline Community Center for the Art, a.k.a. BCCA, was not only a center for art, but also a center for love.
Howard D. Jordan (Snyder), Co-Producer & MC, You & Broadway!
… Our all-volunteer produced group… has evolved over the years and has seen many great musicians, singers, and dancers participate. My father and the show’s founder, Paul Jordan (Saul Snyder), spent nights singing at piano bars for years. He knew all the local musicians and singers, and got many together to form shows, at such venues as the former 1550 Beacon Street in Brookline. After many years, most of the classic venues closed, and other venues no longer provided opportunities for seniors to regular perform. My father needed a location and went to BCCA in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner, shortly after they opened in 2003. There he met Dan Marshall, the President and Executive Artistic Director, who graciously allowed the music group to hold shows at his non-profit center. Paul’s close friend Leon Alperin, became our longtime drummer for the group, after working in the Winiker Band, and played with us until the age of 91. And my mother Louise, served as our publicist to seniors and booked shows as well… With our all-senior “Happy Time” band, for 16 years, our monthly/bi-weekly show regularly featured retired local senior musicians and singers as young as 98, who would travel as far as 90 minutes to perform along with along with music loving community members…
Jessica Liggero, CCCA Faculty Member
… CCCA really feels like a home for the creative community. A place where people from all different backgrounds can come together to learn, move, and explore. Dan even orchestrated a photo shoot and video interviews for all of the instructors. That was a fun evening filled with bonding and the chance for other faculty members to connect with each other while developing professionally…
Julie Washburn, LICSW, Program Manager, Brookline Senior Center
… The Senior Center has a well-established relationship with BCCA, Dan Marshall, and the entire “You and Broadway!” team as they have historically performed semi-annual concerts at the Senior Center. In fact, we had a show scheduled for May 2020 which we had to cancel due to the pandemic. These energetic and engaging live performances were well received by our participants and often had 50-70 people in attendance. The shows generally involved a variety of musical numbers by seasoned performers however, they also often welcomed seniors from the community to perform. It would be wonderful to be able to provide community access to these entertaining memories and to create new musical content for the community as well. Given the current state of affairs, it is hard to anticipate when it will be safe enough to reopen the Senior Center for large gatherings again. As a result, it seems to be in our best interest to plan for the production of one or more, if possible, performance videos for 2021…
Juliette Cusick (Johara), BCCA & CCCA Faculty Member
… Our shared interests and common belief is that artists of diverse backgrounds can come together to manifest a shared vision… Dan supported my personal vision to represent and garner more respect for Middle Eastern dance… In December of 2019, when he approached me in regard to teaching at his new studio, the Cambridge Community Center for the Arts, I immediately said yes even though at the time I hadn’t been seeking to teach more classes. Then the pandemic hit. I am so grateful that I said yes to being part of his latest center…
Laura R. Stupin
Since I have been at the BCCA, my love for dance has increased, and I am so thankful that I found a truly wonderful studio.
Laurie Rothstein, Executive Director, Cambridge Volunteer Clearinghouse (CVC)
My nonprofit serves as a citywide volunteer connector for Cambridge. I first met Dan as a member of the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition (CNC). We volunteered for a CNC working group that addressed financial support during the early days of the pandemic… From that committee emerged another working group that has become the Cambridge
Mask Alliance, an initiative of 12 nonprofits, including the CCCA. Together, we forged a partnership with the City of Cambridge, to ensure that every local resident has an adequate, effective and sustainable personal supply of face masks. We have raised over $100,000 from the City and private corporate/individual sources, and we have distributed 26,430 masks through over 40 nonprofits including direct household distribution to nearly all subsidized housing units in the City. We are in the final stretch of our campaign right now…
Margaux Skalecki, BCCA & CCCA Faculty Member
… I am writing to you with 100 percent support for the Cambridge Community Center for the Arts (CCCA) to receive 100 percent of the funds you can offer.
I have known Dan since 2003 because I was actually the first teacher hired for the Brookline Community Center for the Arts (BCCA). Dan did not just open a center for people to come to, he created a place where artists of all backgrounds could commune with each other, support each other’s talents and work in an environment where there was love for everyone to grow and offer the best we could be to our students of all ages…
Theodora Skeadas, Executive Director, Cambridge Local First (CLF)
… Cambridge Community Center for the Arts is a wonderful member of our community. Their Executive Director, Dan Yonah Marshall, regularly attends our community conversations, offers support to and ideas for our other members, and works enthusiastically to bolster our distinct Cambridge community… I believe in Cambridge Community Center for the Arts, because they are dedicated to empowering arts in the Cambridge community. I encourage you to support them, so they can continue to expand their impact during COVID-19!
Zoya and Ary Rotman
I would like to state that since the BCCA has opened it has changed our lives.