The Massachusetts Cultural Council officially named five communities across the state as the first state-designated “cultural districts” last week: the Fenway Cultural District in Boston, Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District, the Central Exchange Cultural District in Lynn, the Upstreet Cultural District in Pittsfield, and the Rockport Cultural District.
The MCC says its “Cultural Districts Initiative came out of an economic stimulus bill passed by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2010. It is designed to help communities attract artists and cultural enterprises, encourage business and job growth, expand tourism, preserve and reuse historic buildings, enhance property values, and foster local cultural development. Each district will have new signage, online profiles on the Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism and MCC websites, and other amenities. … Cultural Districts will help cities and towns identify, support, and promote their unique identity and sense of place. It also advances MCC’s long-term effort to harness the power of the nonprofit arts, humanities, and sciences to improve quality of life in Massachusetts cities and towns.”
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