We are pleased to announce that on August 21st the Massachusetts Cultural Council designated Natick Center as one of only ten initial Massachusetts Cultural Districts!
With this designation, the Natick Center Cultural District will be partnering with the State and other Massachusetts Cultural Districts to help attract more artistic and cultural enterprises, encourage business and job growth, expand tourism, preserve and reuse historic buildings, enhance property values, and foster local cultural development.
In the Natick Center Cultural District, visitors can expect an intimate friendly experience and the rich heritage of a classic New England town, while celebrating a vibrant, contemporary fusion of art, culture and business. Against the backdrop of the quintessential New England town center, a passionate group of committed individuals and organizations work, through their businesses and studios, to create a dynamic and diverse community.
According to the Massachusetts Cultural Council "A cultural district is a specific geographical area in a city or town that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets. It is a walkable, compact area that is easily identifiable to visitors and residents and serves as a center of cultural, artistic and economic activity. The Massachusetts Cultural Council recognizes that each community is unique and that no two cultural districts will be alike."Massachusettes Cultural Council has to say about the Natick Center Cultural District!
"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) and the municipally-owned Morse Institute Library. Another key cultural amenity within the cultural district is the town common. Quintessentially New England, with its ample green space and wooden gazebo, the common provides an ideal stage for a busy calendar of free public concerts and festivals. The district is a culmination of over a decade of historic preservation and public and private investment in the town center’s streetscape and façade improvements, and cultural facilities. In 2003, TCAN opened its doors in downtown – following an impassioned rescue mission by a group of local citizens and the thoughtful restoration of Natick’s historic (c. 1875) Central Fire Station on Summer Street – into the premier performing arts center in the MetroWest area. TCAN drew nearly 20,000 attendees to its 300 performances, classes, lectures, film programs, and art exhibitions during the past year. The Cultural District is home to over 100 working artists and dozens of independently owned businesses. Events such as the yearly Natick Open Studios, the Art Walk and historic walking tours knit together the Cultural District’s many activities. And, just steps away from the Common, the world-renowned Walnut Hill School for the Arts brings artists from all over the world to Natick, and down to Main Street to perform in the heart of this wonderful little town."
For upcoming events and information visit: www.natickcenter.org