Boston Venue Spotlight: Multicultural Arts Center
We are so happy to introduce a new venue to our list of trusted partners, the Multicultural Arts Center. The Multicultural Arts Center has long been a special place in East Cambridge, and it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This award-winning venue was originally designed by noted architect Charles Bullfinch in 1814 and finally opened to the public in 1889. In 1985, modern architect Graham Gund provided the plans for the extensive renovation and repurposing of the Multicultural Arts Center now referred to as the “hidden gem.”
Along with acting as the home for various dance, music, poetry and theater performances, the two fine art galleries boast a regular rotation of artwork from both local and international artists. It can also serve as a perfect spot for your next elegant event in the Boston area, from corporate parties to the most exquisite wedding. Our passion for unique space and creative cuisine matches the vision of the professionals at the Multicultural Arts Center — a splendid combination of the best in the business — any time of year.
Versatile and Elegant Boston Area Venue
The Multicultural Arts Center was originally built for the creative minds in music, dance and theater; however, the dramatic architecture of the three primary rooms is idyllic for weddings, corporate events or other social celebrations.
- Centanni Way Park: Traditional brick buildings line the surrounding lawns with trees and brick walkways. Loving couples can say their vows under the arbor during Boston’s warmer months, and, of course, MAC’s wedding planners can always move the ceremony inside in the event of inclement weather.
- Upper and Lower Galleries: Walk amid the modern and historic art displayed on the walls while enjoying signature cocktails and scrumptious bites of food. The Upper Gallery can seat 40-50 guests and the Lower Gallery can host 30-40 guests for a more intimate environment.
- Historic Theater: As the former Middlesex County Courtroom, the theater has all the elements of historic New England luxury. Picture your guests admiring the decorative high ceilings, full-length windows and the soft teal-colored wrap-around balcony as they step onto the marble floors at your next special event. Guest capacity is 150 for a plated dinner and dancing or up to 200 guests to mingle in a cocktail atmosphere among high top tables.
Décor Ideas for the Multicultural Arts Center
The exquisite Victorian touches in MAC’s theater lend a hand to our professional event planners, as simply adding linens and flowers will finish the look of this historic space. However, the uplighting, spotlights, pipe and drape can also dress up the theater into an intense, artsy scene!
Amenities at the Multicultural Arts Center
Expert wedding planners will help each couple plan every detail of their romantic indoor or outdoor wedding. Amenities include a bridal suite, gorgeous reception area and a kitchen for customized food and drink from the most sought-after Boston catering team.
How Do You Get There?
Public Transportation: The MAC is located just two blocks from the Green Line or a 15-minute walk from the Kendall Square Red Line. You can find specific details about public transportation on its website.
Driving and Convenient Parking: The website also has detailed directions to its location on 41 Second Street. We suggest using the East Cambridge Parking Garage that is only one block away from the MAC and is open 24/7. You can also find limited metered parking nearby.
Where Can You Stay?
There are several hotels within walking distance, such as the Royal Sonesta, Hotel Marlowe and the Holiday Inn Express.
To start planning your corporate event or social gathering, contact our experienced catering team. If the Multicultural Arts Center seems like the perfect place for you, we can help you coordinate with the sales team at 617-581-1150.
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Timothy Seeberg is the Director of Major Events at BG.