Grants to encourage the development and success of the districts and to foster local cultural preservation
Annual visitation numbers and new business openings within districts are up
Proposed legislation seeks to reinvest 5% of remote retailer tax revenue back into our Main Streets and downtowns
The Initiative received a 2023 Urbanism Award from the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism
Summer is here! What Cultural District will you visit next?
CreativeGround: Connect with Creative New England
There are now 55 state-designated cultural districts across the Commonwealth
Members of the Community Initiative Team reflect on their experiences of the power of culture at work in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.
Harwich Center Cultural District and Harwich Port Cultural District authorized to join vibrant network of 53 state-designated cultural districts across the Commonwealth.
These awards mark the largest investment to-date in this program
47 state-designated districts awarded for stimulating cultural and economic activity in their communities
Cultural Districts drive economic growth, strengthen the influence of distinctive local character, and improve the quality of life across Massachusetts.
56% of these funds were earmarked for artists and other creatives, investing directly into a sector devastated by the pandemic.
Mass Cultural Council now supports 51 state-designated Cultural Districts from the Berkshires to Bristol County.
A look at some of the incredible work that surfaced in response to the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic
Mass Cultural Council moderated a panel focused on the work small businesses are doing in the state’s most creative communities
Cultural District managers are playing key roles in COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts statewide.
The governing board of the Mass Cultural Council has approved the Fall River Waterfront Cultural District. This state designation will help stimulate new arts and cultural activity and attract creative businesses for the City.
During this challenging time, Cultural District managers are looking to not only provide technical services to individual artists, cultural organizations, and small businesses. They are also coordinating local efforts to continue providing cultural experiences to their communities.
The Communities Team shared the power of culture and news of CultureRx with fellow state employees, elected officials, and policy-makers at Mass Municipal Association’s Annual Meeting & Trade Show.