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CultureHouse East Somerville

View of a mix of housing and retail space across Broadway in East Somerville.

Opening May 2023

East Somerville, Somerville, MA

In order to reconnect the East Somerville community in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, CultureHouse East Somerville will transform a vacant storefront into a community-driven pop-up public space. We are working with East Somerville Main Streets to open a one-month pop-up to reconnect the East Somerville community after the effects of the ongoing pandemic. The pop-up will rebuild social connections, reduce loneliness, boost commercial district vibrancy, and create equitable neighborhood development.

View of a yellow building across Broadway in East Somerville.

Get engaged

We are working closely with the East Somerville community to ensure the pop-up meets local needs and that residents are active participants in determining the future of their neighborhood. There will be several opportunities to engage with the project before opening day.

Advisory group

We are seeking people who live, work, or regularly visit East Somerville to join our advisory group. The group will meet about once a month to give us feedback on the project and steer its direction. Advisory group members will be compensated for their time. If you are interested in being part of the group, please apply below. We are especially seeking applications from Latine people, Black/African American people, local business owners, and people ages 16-18 and 60+. All members will be compensated for their time on the project.


CultureHouse East Somerville will be free-to-enter because of support from people like you. Help support our work by giving a tax-deductible donation.

What’s happening?

Where we’re at

We have been working with East Somerville Main Streets to define and collect the required funding for this project. We will take the next few months to identify existing placemaking projects, community partners, and stakeholders. We will be reaching out to the East Somerville community through various forms of engagement and developing a deeper understanding of what the community needs in order to determine the programming and functions of the pop-up.

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