Boston University's CDIA Leaving Moody Street

The Boston University facility is located at 274 Moody St.

The Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts at 274 Moody St. will close in May, according to Waltham Downtown Partnership Executive Director Charnan Bray.

The announcement leaves another empty storefront on Moody Street. Currently, Moody Street has several empty storefronts, including part of the former joke shop, and the 200 Moody St. site. 

Bray said the DWP is working to find a new tenant for the site and has garnered some interest from local universities. 

As for why the campus is closing, Bray said she did not know. Boston University public relations representatives could not be reached for comment. 
John D December 31, 2013 at 02:11 PM
I heard that the City Council reclassified the business as a bakery...
John B December 31, 2013 at 04:33 PM
This isn't true- the school is actively looking for a new academic partner to replace BU, who is leaving in May. Please correct this article.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 31, 2013 at 04:41 PM
@John, From where did you hear this?
John B December 31, 2013 at 04:50 PM
@Ryan, I am a longtime employee at CDIA. Where did you get your info from?
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 31, 2013 at 05:04 PM
The story indicates from where I got the info. I will follow up with more soon. Thank you.
Jen January 01, 2014 at 10:54 AM
It's disappointing that this story was reported with no comments from BU or CDIA. They are closed for winter break, like most of the universities in the area. I am a CDIA instructor, and while BU is departing in May, CDIA is looking for a new academic partner, and they have been speaking with many schools. To say that CDIA is pulling out in May is really premature.
Paula Ridenti January 01, 2014 at 02:16 PM
It was good having the Boston University experience in Waltham, but I disliked very much when the students from this particular school would randomly take pictures of people walking down the street without permission. Sometimes, they would stand on both sides of the street shooting pics so there was no escape from them walking down Moody. When my toddler and I were walking through the Common one day, two people were following my toddler and me with cameras as we were walking, getting continuous shots. I requested they stop taking pictures of us, and they said they were with the school. Then they kept taking pictures saying people were public property until we completely left the Common. If this school stays in Waltham, I would like it if they either get permission of a subject prior to taking pictures, or if someone says, "Do not take my picture," or, "Do not take my kid's picture," please stop.
Frosty the Snowman January 02, 2014 at 12:09 AM
@Paula you have no right to privacy in public places.
Walthamguy January 02, 2014 at 12:25 AM
@Frosty, while in-principle what you say is factual (security cameras, etc) I believe that in-your-face photography is quite different... (Try that in a foreign country and you may be sorry for the outcome...) Anyhow, however that may be I support Paula and suggest the CDIA officials take note, to make sure their students learn professionalism and respect people in Waltham!
Frosty the Snowman January 02, 2014 at 12:57 AM
@Walthamguy It's not different at all, paparazzi use this right everyday. In other countries they also stone people to death and eat dogs, but on the Waltham Common I can take pictures of the public. It's the use of the photos that can be an issue, but for educational and artistic use there is no problem. I can take photos of you as you pass, if you walk mere inches from my camera lense, I can capture that moment. I agree that photographers should listen to people's requests to not be photographed, but they don't have to listen.
Walthamguy January 02, 2014 at 01:31 AM
@ Frosty, right you are and no dispute - 'thems are the laws'. Simply that IMHO the thought of some students from BU's reputable CDIA accosting a Waltham mother and her children, following her from Moody St down to the Common seems preposterous to me. Just for the fun of enlightening discussion, while she would have been ill-advised to use (licensed) pepper spray in the absence of a physical threat, what if instead she had called 911 for feeling harassed?
Walthamguy January 02, 2014 at 01:58 AM
On a different note, this announcement about BU's CDIA leaving Moody St comes just before their scheduled holidays, thus it seems to me no different than when political announcements are made on late Friday afternoons. (Oh surprise, 'nobody' is available for comment.) With my greatest admiration of the various groups and city officials who have invested so much energy in revitalizing Moody St, the stark reality is that Moody St continues into decline. Add to that the recent onslaught daylight attacks on Main St and I get sick about what’s happening in my beloved Waltham. Not having the wisdom to propose a magical solution I invite thoughtful comments.
Frosty the Snowman January 02, 2014 at 02:10 AM
@Walthamguy let's not be too dramatic about this, a camera is not a gun. She simply should have put her hand over her face and carried her child away, removing herself from the area. I saw the same exact scenario in Boston, a man was yelling about "His privacy" while students snapped photos of pedestrians, I simply walked by giving two thumbs up with a cheesy smile to the cameras.
osende monteiro January 02, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Folks who truly care about Waltham,should spend about 30min familiarizing yourselves with a UN Document named Agenda21 Global Diversity Assessment. Your city Waltham Newburyport, as well as 1,200+ towns cities are under ICLEI Sustainable Development, it is not enviormentally friendly at all. Again all my comments are researched and ON THE PUBLIC RECORD. Hence the reason im a thorn in the side of corrupt public servants. It's a real public document, please RESEARCH, it will help folksunderstand
Paula Ridenti January 02, 2014 at 11:24 AM
I posted this comment to invite the debate on people taking pictures in public places. Thanks for the supportive comments for those who agree with me on the subject. I also understand the other side to this debate; but if I asked them to not take personal, close-up photographs of my toddler (a minor), without identifying who they were affiliated with, then they should have ceased. While it would have been fine if I was a celebrity, the fact I requested them to stop should have been their cue to stop. These photographers from the school did not introduce themselves and ask myself and my daughter to be a subject for their photos. They were also quite rude about it. There were plenty of others to take pics of that sunny day on the Common. I attempted to escape these photographers with my child but they insisted on following me. The main issue is that during the Spring/Summer seasons, the students from this school stand on both sides of Moody, so there is not an escape or option from being filmed/photographed. I hope to see more of Moody Street being restored to its heyday in the upcoming year.
KAS January 02, 2014 at 11:53 AM
They should have stopped, they shouldn't have stalked and if it happens again - grab your cell phone and start taking photos of them. If they don't stop then (i bet it would) -Then email the school with the evidence. They are trying to learn a trade/do their work. But there needs to be some respect.
John B January 04, 2014 at 10:24 AM
There's an updated article with proper info where they actually spoke with the Executive Director of CDIA posted here (really going the extra mile to report the news!): http://www.wickedlocal.com/waltham/news/x915456404/BU-satellite-campus-to-move-out-of-Waltham-Moody-Street-location. But by all means, you can leave this false, misleading post up on the Patch where people can comment and make hilarious accusations about an entire business/community based on the actions of one person (paparazzi training camp, seriously?).
Proud Hamster January 04, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Paula. They probably didn't know they were being rude. They're probably just from NYC. Simon and Garfunkel summed this NY attitude up quite artistically with "I'd rather be a hammer than a nail"...
Robert G. Logan January 04, 2014 at 01:28 PM
How about because the Boston University academic year ends in May? http://www.bu.edu/reg/dates/semester-dates/semester-dates-spring-2014/
John B January 04, 2014 at 02:26 PM
stumbled across is right. Geez, a struggling business in this economy? It's a conspiracy!! Common Sense might be a misnomer.
Robert G. Logan January 04, 2014 at 03:09 PM
"Common Sense" - If that's how you think logic works, you need to study up on logic. The questions was, "why is BU pulling the plug in May?" Why in May? Because academic institutions don't typically start or end programs in the middle of a semester. Thus, in this case, common sense dictates that the program would be ended at the end of the 2014 Spring Semester in, you got it, MAY! There is nothing in that to suggest or imply that they would resume the program in the next semester.
Robert G. Logan January 04, 2014 at 04:43 PM
I would be willing to bet that it's a programmatic decision, and that it has nothing to do with the location.
osende monteiro January 04, 2014 at 04:51 PM
http://mobile.wnd.com/2012/03/whos-right-about-agenda-21/ if you read agenda 21 it could explain alot of what is going to occur in 2014 & beyond. Law enforcement,education,loss of property and individual rights,religion, it goes on and on amd on. Before you dismiss, please read, its aka Global Diversity Assessment for 21st Century. And yes it is being implemented, i bated Clinton when i approached him at Milton Acadmey Commencement, i asked is he aware of Agenda21 and could he.explain how good it is, so.because i pretended to be in favor of Agenda21 he was more than happy to talk about it briefly to paraphrase Agenda 21 is a bunch of ideas put together by world leaders(banksters dictators,and eugenist. on record)
Proud Hamster January 04, 2014 at 06:10 PM
I bet the kids were cutting class to work some other digital imagery right across the street at Lifestyles. An anchor store on Moody for 20+ years. Now that's art.


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