Starlight 2020 Season

The Central Square Business Improvement District and Flagg Street Studio Introduce Starlight Square, a placekeeping initiative, slated to open August 2020.

Starlight Square reimagines a parking lot as a public amenity and site for economic recovery and community healing during COVID-19.

The Central Square Business Improvement District and Flagg Street Studio present Starlight Square, a placekeeping initiative, designed for Central Square, Cambridge. Starlight is a temporary intervention that transforms a municipal parking lot for cars into a place for people, using scaffolding and scrim to frame space for an outdoor amphitheatre, courtyard, and community center. It will immediately increase Central Square’s capacity for outdoor dining, worship, commerce, learning, and performance.

Starlight consists of four foundational elements:

​A HOME FOR THE ARTS
Starlight includes a first-of-its-kind outdoor performance venue. It is designed to safely seat 150 guests for dance, theatre, and other cultural programs during COVID-19.

 

AN OUTDOOR DINING DESTINATION
As restaurants fight to stay open, Starlight’s courtyard will expand the district’s capacity for outdoor dining.

 

A LIFELINE FOR SUMMER LEARNING
There are four community centers in Central Square with generational ties to the community. They run summer programs for youth and food pantries for families, both of which must now happen outside. Starlight’s outdoor learning space will provide a lifeline for these essential community services, ensuring childcare and food security efforts can continue through the pandemic.

 

A CANVAS FOR PUBLIC ART
Art speaks volumes. The entire exterior of Starlight will be covered in scrim, a flexible canvas for artists of all mediums to speak their piece during this historic time. Street Theory, an artist collective, curated four marquee walls.

 

 

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