The Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy (CACHE in Medford, Inc.) was founded in 2010 as a way to bring the diverse cultural organizations of Medford together to discuss the state of the arts in Medford, share experiences, and network. This coalition quickly grew from five organizations to twenty. Today, CACHE is behind three main events in Medford:
Arts Across Medford Calendar
Features 1,000 events in Medford each year including art openings, films, historic talks, readings, classes, and performances.
Circle the Square
Music, art, live performances, and other free entertainment for all ages in downtown Medford Square in the summer.
Mystic River Celebration
A free one-day arts festival at the Condon Shell along the Mystic River featuring music, art vendors, activities, and more.
CACHE Board of Directors
Pam Shanley, President
Dee Morris, Clerk
Laura Brereton, Programs Director
Ken Krause, Calendar Coordinator
CACHE Synergy Award
Each year, the CACHE Board of Directors recognizes an individual who has made substantial contributions to the arts and culture community in Medford.
Matt Heaton is a versatile, eclectic Medford musician known for his performances which range from traditional Irish guitar, to the band "Matt Heaton & The Electric Heaters" to his "toddler-billy" tunes of "Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys". Matt has been recognized for his dedication to providing families and children access to music - particularly during the pandemic when he offered regular free, virtual performances. Matt has also performed at several CACHE festivals over the years.
Sam Sednek, Children's Librarian at the Medford Public Library has worked tirelessly for years bringing literature, creativity, and connectivity to youth in Medford. A staple at Medford's many events, Sam has contributed tremendously to arts in culture in Medford by continually challenging adults and children alike to harness their inner creativity in community projects, even throughout a pandemic and library transition.
Sharon Hepburn, owner of Mystic Coffee Roaster, has been a beacon in the community and a tremendous supporter of CACHE and the Medford arts and culture community through her business, Mystic Coffee Roasters.
Laura Brereton, musician and owner of Medford Music Studio, has devoted endless time to supporting emerging and professional musicians by presenting them at dozens of events throughout Medford. Laura has programmed artists for Circle the Square, the Mystic River Celebration, the Condon Shell Summer Concert Series, Riverside Plaza Nights, OnStage Music Series, Medford Farmers Market, and more.
Doug Carr has been a tremendous supporter of CACHE and has donated countless hours of his time to the renovation and preservation of the Brooks Estate and telling the story of the Brooks Family and their relationship to Medford and the arts.
Ken Krause, a quiet force behind many successful arts, culture, and environmental initiatives in Medford including the CACHE Arts and Culture Calendar.
Nell Coakley, former Medford Transcript editor, for her hard work ensuring that CACHE and the arts always had a place in the Medford Transcript.