There is a Public Hearing before the City Council on Tuesday, January 10, at 7:00 pm at City Hall concerning the East Gloucester Cultural District. What it’s about:
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is in the process of designating areas of the state’s cities and towns as Cultural Districts. The City, the Rocky Neck Art Colony, the Gloucester Stage Co., and the Gloucester Writers Center are, in partnership, applying to MCC to have a sizable section of East Gloucester designated as a Cultural District.
In MCC’s words: Cultural districts can help local arts, humanities, and science organizations improve the quality and range of their public programs so that more local families can benefit from them. They can enhance the experience for visitors and thus attract more tourist dollars and tax revenue. And they can attract artists, cultural organizations and entrepreneurs of all kinds – enhancing property values and making communities more attractive.
One of the distinct attributes of Massachusetts is the authenticity of its communities. From urban centers and fishing ports in the east, to rural hamlets and older industrial centers in the west, the Commonwealth incorporates a wide range of distinctive places.
The Cultural District Initiative will encourage Massachusetts communities to strengthen this sense of place, while stimulating economic activity, improving the experiences of visitors to our communities, and creating a higher quality of life.
The proposes district runs from Cripple Cove to Niles Beach and includes East Main St. and Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Rocky Neck Art Colony