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Designated Cultural Districts

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Amherst Center Cultural District
Hampshire County
The Evergreens

Location: Amherst

Project:

There's no doubt that you're at the center of it all when you visit here, with plenty of options for every interest. Literary lovers will enjoy the Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst Books, and the Amherst Poetry Festival, while film buffs can catch indep

Aquinnah Circle Cultural & Historic District
Martha's Vineyard
Wampanoag Tribe members. Photo Courtesy of the Wampanoag Tribe.

Location: Chilmark

Project:

Before there was even a paved road in town, the Aquinnah Circle has been a destination for tourists traveling to Martha's Vineyard. From far and wide people have come to see the vibrant colored clay cliffs, meet the Wampanoag (American Indian) resident

Arlington Cultural District
Greater Boston
Child enjoying a community festival in Arlington

Location: Arlington

Project:

The Arlington Cultural District is a hub for arts, culture, dining and entertainment. Home to revolutionaries, artists, and entrepreneurs throughout its history, the Town of Arlington and most specifically its Cultural District, is a lively, bustling a

Barnstable Village Cultural District
Cape Cod
The old jail in Barnstable Village.

Location: Barnstable

Project:

It's history revisited in the Barnstable Village Cultural District, a charming seaside village on the north side of Barnstable. A balance between colonial history and 21st century flair, the district is filled with historical buildings, quaint shops, w

Beverly Arts District
North of Boston

Location: Beverly

Project:

However you choose to get here - fly in, sail over, take the train - visiting downtown Beverly and the new Beverly Arts District (BAD) is worth the trip! With Montserrat College of Art in the heart of the district, BAD is home to hundreds of working ar

Boston Literary Cultural District
City of Boston
Detail of book shelf in Boston's Literary Cultural District

Location: Boston

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Shakespeare on the Common. A speakers' forum featuring Alice Walker, or a book festival with Doris Kearns Goodwin. Walking tours that take you past Sylvia Plath's apartment, just around the corner from Robert Frost's residence, and Khalil Gibran's?.

Boston’s Latin Quarter
City of Boston
Latin Quarter Spectacle. Photo credit: Mark Saperstein.

Location: Boston

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In Boston's Latin Quarter, located in Jamaica Plain's Hyde/Jackson Square, you will find bright murals, sculptures, Latin American businesses, cuisine from various cultures, corner bodegas, crowded Dominican barbershops, and Latina beauty salons, all w

Canalway Cultural District
Greater Merrimack Valley

Location: Lowell

Project:

How many urban landscapes offer both whitewater rafting and Smithsonian-affiliate museums right in their downtown? Lowell's Canalway Cultural District offers both, along with a thriving arts community. Lowell National Historical Park, Whistler House Mu

Central Square Cultural District
Greater Boston
Mural

Location: Cambridge

Project:

Cambridge's Central Square Cultural District is home to a mix of small, funky, independently-owned shops and creative start-ups, with larger, well-established corporations, all supported by existing cultural resources such as public art, resident artis

Concord Center Cultural District
Greater Merrimack Valley
Parade of young fifers

Location: Concord

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The Concord Center Cultural District is a picturesque New England village. 18th, 19th and 20th century buildings in a National Historic District are backdrops for world-class dance, concerts and art exhibitions. Although you see a bit of history at eve

Cottage Street Cultural District
Hampshire County

Location: Easthampton

Project:

Located at the base of Mount Tom, Easthampton's Cottage Street Cultural District, known for its down-to-earth funkiness, has an eclectic array of quaint shops, galleries, and bustling night-life all set in the back-drop of a diverse arts scene. Enjoy a

Crossroads Cultural District
Franklin County
Public Art Parking Meter in Greenfield.

Location: Greenfield

Project:

Do you like journeying off the beaten path and discovering new delights in unexpected places? Visit the Crossroads Cultural District and find something cool and different in every corner; Greenfield proves the adage that great things come in small pack

Downtown Lynn Cultural District
North of Boston
Girls peering into a storefront window at Central SCARE! haunted house

Location: Lynn

Project:

The core of this city may be one of Massachusetts' best-kept secrets -- a fusion of contemporary artists and multicultural cuisine and the authentic bricks and mortar of a city steeped in a history at the forefront of America's industrial history. Ming

Essex River Cultural District
North of Boston
Ship launch. Photo by Len Burgess.

Location: Essex

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The Essex River Cultural District is sensible and compact, both in terms of geography and concept: this is where "the town meets the river." The district meanders past ancient burial grounds, active shipyards and marinas, bustling restaurants, antique

Fenway Cultural District
City of Boston
Courtyard of Gardner Museum at night. Photo by Derek Kouyoumjian

Location: Boston

Project:

A walk through the Fenway Cultural District in Boston puts you at the doorstep of the world's most acclaimed cultural destinations: the Museum of Fine Arts with its new Art of the Americas wing; the incomparable Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and its

Glass Town Cultural District
Cape Cod
Glass Museum

Location: Sandwich

Project:

Sandwich's Glass Town Cultural District focuses on the village center, with the Sandwich Glass Museum serving as the focal point -- a lens to tell the story of Glass Town. Whether photographing the picturesque Shawme Pond, watching live glass-blowing,

Great Barrington Cultural Distirct
The Berkshires
Rotary Way living room theater in Great Barrington.

Location: Great Barrington

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Great Barrington is home to a diverse combination of social, architectural, and cultural resources that reflect the history of the southern Berkshires ranging from popular acts at the Mahaiwe Perform

Harbortown Cultural District
North of Boston
Artist painting plein air. Photo by Kathy Chapman.

Location: Gloucester

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The Harbortown Cultural District is the hub of Gloucester's downtown and the center of the oldest seaport in New England. The harbor and its work have inspired all manner of creative artists, iconoclasts and activists for centuries and continue to draw

HyArts Cultural District
Cape Cod
People walking along the shanties.

Location: Barnstable

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Located in the thriving Cape Cod seaside village of Hyannis, the HyArts Cultural District provides a wide array of arts and cultural experiences, outdoor activities, shopping, and dining. Visitors can explore President John F. Kennedy's Cape Cod roots

Marlborough Downtown Village Cultural District
Metro West
Shoe Workers Statue

Location: Marlborough

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The Marlborough Downtown Village Cultural District -- referred to as the "cultural heart" of the city -- is an architecturally attractive, ethnically diverse, and inviting area that is easily accessible by bus, car, bike, and foot. The downtown's cultu

Maynard Cultural District
Greater Merrimack Valley

Location: Maynard

Project:

In a region steeped in Colonial history, Maynard offers a unique experience for residents and visitors alike based on its history and creative culture. A walk through downtown Maynard along the Assabet River features art galleries and pottery studios,

Nantucket Cultural District
Nantucket Island

Location: Nantucket

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Whether you love nature, history, or the arts, Nantucket offers each in abundance. Encompassing the island's downtown core, the Nantucket Cultural District embraces the heart of the island's wealth of arts and culture. Visitors especially like going ba

Natick Center Cultural District
Metro West
Outdoor performance for kids

Location: Natick

Project:

The Natick Center Cultural District's majestic, late 19th-century, "neo-gothic" architecture serves as a visually impressive historic platform for the district's numerous cultural offerings and its cultural anchors ? The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN

Newburyport Cultural District
North of Boston
Visitors entering the Maritime Museum

Location: Newburyport

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Located on the Merrimack River, the Downtown Newburyport Cultural District is a charming, old-fashioned historical area offering an eclectic blend of arts, entertainment, dining, shopping, and cultural experiences. Newburyport affords residents and vis

North Adams Cultural District
The Berkshires
Marquee of the North Adams Mohawk Theater

Location: North Adams

Project:

North Adams is a community defined by reinvention and reemergence, with the nexus of this activity located in the North Adams Cultural District. Murals by local and international artists dapple downtown, and restaurants and retail -- from locally owned

Orleans Cultural District
Cape Cod
Pops in the Park

Location: Orleans

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Anchored by the Old Firehouse and Parish Park, the Orleans Village Center Cultural District is a walkable network of attractions starting with Theresa's Way and extending through a necklace of pocket parks, public spaces, greenbelts, and vistas. Mariti

Paradise City Cultural District
Hampshire County
Street Festival in Northampton

Location: Northampton

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Northampton is a great town for walking. Strolling along Elm Street, shaded by burgeoning elms and maples past classic New England architecture, your steps lead you to the world class collection at the Smith Museum of Art. Further on, you find the hist

Plymouth Bay Cultural District
Plymouth County
Plymouth Art Stroll. Photo by Denise Maccaferri.

Location: Plymouth

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The Plymouth Bay Cultural District is the Town's epicenter of art, music, food, shopping, and history, and its 100+ cultural assets enlighten and entertain visitors and locals year-round. As Plymouth approaches its 400th anniversary in 2020, this distr

Provincetown Cultural District
Cape Cod
Visitors walking around the Provincetown Cultural District.

Location: Provincetown

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Provincetown is unique in that the Heritage, History, Art, Theater, Literary, Film, Marine, LGBTQA communities all thrive and work together as one. The cultural district tells how the cultural story of Provincetown began in 1620, almost 400 years ago,

Riverfront Cultural District
North of Boston
Family enjoying River Ruckus Festival

Location: Haverhill

Project:

Creative minds from the past and present collide in Haverhill's Riverfront Cultural District. Murals painted by local artists adorn the sides of historic brick buildings famous for their elaborate Queen Anne style brickwork. Giant reproductions of 19th

Rockport Cultural District
North of Boston
A concert at Rockport Music. Photo by Michael Lutch for Rockport Music.

Location: Rockport

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From the tip of Bearskin Neck and the iconic Motif #1, to Rockport Music's world-class Shalin Liu Performance Center with its stage overlooking the Atlantic, you'll have a once in a lifetime experience in Rockport. Shop in more than 40 art galleries. G

Rocky Neck Cultural District
North of Boston
Fitz Henry Lane Sculpture by Alfred Duca

Location: Gloucester

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There's something special about the light here. Find out why artists from around the world are drawn to one of America's first artist colonies: Gloucester's Rocky Neck. Stroll through artist galleries and studios nestled on this Cape Ann peninsula. Tal

Roxbury Cultural District
City of Boston
Torrent Six Firehouse Fa‡ade in Roxbury

Location: Boston

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Roxbury is the geographic center and the heart of Boston; the district -- its people, architecture, businesses, and cultural programming -- reflect Roxbury's unique multifaceted cultural heritage and Roxbury's importance in the past, present, and futur

Salisbury Cultural District
South-Central Massachusetts
interior of Tuckerman Hall

Location: Worcester

Project:

Worcester's Salisbury Cultural District is conveniently located near Interstates I-190 and I-290 adjacent to the city's historic Lincoln Square. Within a two block radius of this Lincoln Square keystone a dozen historically significant cultural and civ

Scituate Harbor Cultural District
Plymouth County
Scituate Lighthouse

Location: Scituate

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30 miles south of Boston, the historic town of Scituate is a picturesque seaside community with its heart located in Scituate Harbor. The Scituate Harbor Cultural District, featuring a lively waterfront thoroughfare peppered with art galleries, storefr

Seaport Cultural District
Southeastern Massachusetts
New Bedford Whaling Museum

Location: New Bedford

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Located along the working waterfront in downtown New Bedford, the Seaport Cultural District boasts historic charm, inspiration, and dynamic creativity inside and out. Cobblestone streets lead to the New Bedford Whaling National Park and the Whaling Mus

Shelburne Falls Cultural District
Franklin County
Bridge of Flowers sign

Location: Shelburne

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This rural pairing of two villages -- Shelburne and Buckland -- on either side of the Deerfield River joined by an historic iron bridge is a delightful surprise. Honored as one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America the towns are recognized as a na

Shovel Town Cultural District
Southeastern Massachusetts

Location: Easton

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This vibrant community is situated 45 minutes from Boston, Providence and Cape Cod and has been named twice by Money Magazine as one of the most desirable towns in the country to live.

Easton is a community that values open space, historic assets

Springfield Central Cultural District
Greater Springfield
Family taking photos on a Dr. Suess sculpture in the quadrangle at the Springfield Museums

Location: Springfield

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Often called the 'City of Firsts,' Springfield has been an epicenter of innovation, free enterprise, and ingenuity for well over 300 years. A veritable hotbed of progress, Springfield is home to some of the most notable and all-American industrial orga

Town of Montague
Franklin County

Location: Montague

Upstreet Cultural District
The Berkshires
Interior of Colonial Theatre

Location: Pittsfield

Project:

How do you decide among the 50 restaurants, wine bars, and cafes that populate the Upstreet Cultural District? A calendar chock full of events and celebrations that regularly fill the street with vendors and artists that will tempt your aesthetic and c

Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District
Martha's Vineyard
Mini paintings on easels

Location: Tisbury

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The Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District is a walkable, charming village, pristine harbor and working waterfront - all part of a premier center of art and culture for Island residents and visitors. Vineyard Haven is the year-round gateway to Martha'

Wellfleet Cultural District
Cape Cod

Location: Wellfleet

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The Town of Wellfleet is a historic seaside village on the Outer Cape, located between the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay, consisting of South Wellfleet, Wellfleet Harbor and the downtown village (Main Street). Once an important port for both whaling

West Concord Junction Cultural District
Greater Merrimack Valley

Location: Concord

Project:

While historically a significant railroad junction community, West Concord today is much more than that -- it is a junction of rivers, trails, historic buildings, businesses, artists, and cultural organizations that make up a unique setting in Boston's

Williamstown Cultural District
The Berkshires
Flashmob in Williamstown

Location: Williamstown

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Williamstown, nestled in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, is, according to the New York Times, 'one of the loveliest communities in New England.' Home to Williams College, the Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown The