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google map of MA Cultural Districts From Cat Ryan

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Hi Joey,

Here’s a google map of the towns in Massachusetts with cultural districts designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as of 2014. Besides Gloucester, Barnstable now has 2 cultural districts.

If you’re traveling in MA–or anywhere across the US that has cultural district designations–they’re a good place to investigate ahead of time for planning.

The summer Butterflies exhibit at the Berkshire Museum that includes Kim Smith’s work is nearby 5 western ma cultural districts and ideally situated for visiting Tanglewood or whatever Berkshire art and trail you envision.

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Harbortown Cultural District Update From Cat Ryan

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Cat Ryan submits-

Harbortown Cultural District will be included in an upcoming AAA publication featuring 10 cultural districts! Also look for some breaking tech news. Our Harbortown cultural district joined forces with the 3 other Cape Ann Cultural Districts (Harbortown, Rocky Neck, Rockport and Essex) to apply for a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to help us towards some exciting shared marketing. We found out that YES we were awarded a grant, and are looking forward to creating a new mobile APP.

We’re also crossing our fingers this week, waiting to see if an amendment to the state’s supplemental budget happens or not. The MCC is asking for an amendment that will include $500,000 to market the state’s cultural districts through advertising on commuter rail lines, the subway and on busses in the Boston area.

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GMG contributor and the ever affable Main Street proprietor Fred Bodin is one of our many talented founding partners. During our August event at the Cape Ann Museum, he multi-tasked. The good photos from the event are his! Visit http://www.gloucesterharbortown.org

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Cape Ann Museum Director, Ronda Faloon, outlined the museum’s impressive next steps and guided us on a mini tour. Cape Ann TV –also a founding partner—was filming.  The Fresnel lens is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see it in its new location when the museum re-opens. Look at the scale of this thing (see photo with Bob Whitmarsh, Co-Chair, to get an idea of size—)!

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We followed up with a discussion of our district goals led by Bex Borden.

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We are so grateful to Cape Ann Museum for hosting and the lovely appetizer spread and beverages. They also set up and readied for our visit and meeting. Harbortown founding partner, Lise Breen, and other members also helped set and clean up for this double billing. What a spot to have it. Check out the large Gordon Goetemann oil on canvas From a High Place Nice!

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More party photos

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A few Fred Bodin’s Photos of Harbortown Cultural District celebration

Catherine Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Here’s a few photos from Fred Bodin’s coverage of Tuesday’s May 28 kick off Celebration for the Harbortown Cultural District. The party was held in the Gorton’s gallery of Maritime Gloucester and it was packed! Check out the special cake –it very nearly covered a 4 x 6 table.

Gloucester from its water’s edge and beyond: the center for all! Like the “Harbortown” name, the cake was a mash up of two flavors, too. Lise Breen and Judith Hoglander worked with Jim’s Bagel and Bake Shoppe for this classic riff of Saul Steinberg’s famous 1976 New Yorker cover, a favorite motif for him.

Music filled the rooms and welcomed everyone. One of the Harbortown event’s surprises was the talent of musicians Zach Bridges & Steve Lacy from Henry Allen & The New Swingset. Here’s Henry Allen (on the steering committee for Harbortown) visiting with Mayor Carolyn Kirk and Karen Ristuben (Rocky Neck Cultural District) Gloucester ’s Rocky Neck Cultural District is a partner. Mayor Kirk spoke twice.

Leadership here and at the state level are advocating for the arts in a big way. The Harbortown Cultural District would not have happened without the support and commitment from Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Harbor Planning Director Sarah Garcia, Chief Administrative Officer James Duggan, all the Gloucester City Councilors, Senator Bruce Tarr, Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council representatives. The party filled up quickly. There was bountiful conversation and energy buoyed by appetizers and drinks thanks to so many wonderful partners and stakeholders. Here’s one of Fred’s crowd photos peeking through Maritime Gloucester’s display–what an apt framing for the themes of connection.

One of the first surprises on the evening’s program was a presentation from Harbortown partner, the Gloucester Public Schools. Teachers Kurt Lichtenwald’s  and John Barry’s S.T.E.A.M. (science technology engineering, Arts and mathematics) classes feature students’ and made, engineered musical instruments. David Puglisi came to the event and showcased his handmade plywood electric guitar see his youtube video!

Co-chair for Harbortown Cultural District, Judith Hoglander looks on.

Anita Walker, executive director for the Massachusetts Cultural Council gave a wonderful speech about Gloucester , this district, the arts and maritime connections. She spoke to the legacy of the continuous involvement of youth and fostering stewardship through generations. She took a moment to recognize a contribution completed for the application.

Fred captures the authentic spirit of Anita Walker in this one and sheer fun. The MCC is passionate about Gloucester and the arts across Massachusetts . Sarah Garcia surprised Walker with an iconic Gloucester southwester. They visited Nelsons on Main Street on the day of the site visit, and the classic yellow slicker hats and ancillary businesses of the fishing industry were obvious topics. To the left of Walker, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library Director, Carol Gray enjoys the moment.

 

More photos to come; David Cox, local media, and co-Chair Bob Whitmarsh were all snapping away at different points. By the way, one of the best Facebook pages in town, Fred Bodin may have some posted https://www.facebook.com/BodinHistoricPhoto

We’ll add some photos to our website http://www.gloucesterharbortown.org.

Thank you Joey and GMG for helping!

Downtown Gloucester Cultural District Update

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Happy New Year! The Massachusetts Cultural Council has reviewed the Downtown Gloucester cultural district application and let us know January 7, 2013 that we have “been moved to the next stage of the application process which is an MCC site visit”. We are sharing this good news and readying for the site visit at the end of February! The MCC will spend a day downtown in roundtable discussions, big walk around touring all-over, lunch, fun stops. Let’s do this Downtown!

Please Email: dgcdinfo@gmail.com (or judith@nii.net subject line DGCD) for info or to participate.

About the Downtown Gloucester Cultural District committee:

A volunteer- based steering committee made up of neighbors, stakeholders, property owners, business representatives, arts and culture representatives –committed to the establishment of a downtown cultural district designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council by 2013. The DGCD will foster links between economic development and the arts, and will support the downtown Gloucester community. The Co-chairs: Judith Hoglander (Chair CFTA) and Robert Whitmarsh (Downtown Development and Historical Commissions)

Visit Website: Downtown Gloucester Cultural District website:

Visit DGCD news/updates: http://culturaldistrict.zapd.net/

DGCD Co-Chair, Bob Whitmarsh Presents DGCD Binders to MCC

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Co-Chair, Bob Whitmarsh, adds a personal touch—

Bob hand delivered the Downtown Gloucester Cultural District required support material (two complete sets) to the Boston offices for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), the last step in the application process. We hope Gloucester will be the first town in MA with 2 cultural districts and that the DGCD will soon join the other excellent cultural districts on the North Shore !

Please check out the photos of the binders being presented by Bob to Meri Jenkins and Kylie Sullivan of the MCC.

Next steps: The MCC will arrange a site visit and will go over our application in detail before a recommendation can be made to go forward with establishing the DGCD.

Downtown Gloucester Cultural District (DGCD)

contact: dgcdinfo@gmail.com

culturaldistrict.zapd.net

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News from the proposed Downtown Gloucester Cultural District coordinating group

Catherine Ryan writes-

Dear Joey,

The November 13, 2012 CITY COUNCIL vote was UNANIMOUS to endorse the establishment of the proposed Downtown Gloucester Cultural District.

The DGCD coordinating group thanks the Councilors, our City Clerk, and the more than 30 partners and stakeholders who sent in letters of support and spoke at the hearing. Have a peek at a few: Cape Ann Museum , the Gloucester Public Schools , and Gorton’s.

Next steps: Send in the application and support materials and wait for word, guidance, and a visit from the Massachusetts Cultural Council!

Visit URL culturaldistrict.zapd.net or email dgcdinfo@gmail.com