The Natick Center Cultural District was founded to help cultivate a lively and diverse downtown neighborhood by enhancing the cultural, economic, and social life of our community with a partnership of the Town of Natick.

home for arts and artists

The Natick Center Cultural District is home to more than 200 working artists, The Center For Arts in Natick, the Morse Institute Library, The Walnut Hill School for the Arts, many independently owned businesses and cultural organizations, and an active Parks and Recreation Department. Each makes a unique contribution creating a busy year-round schedule of arts and cultural events. A video by the Mass Cultural Council on the question, What is a Cultural District? https://youtu.be/tdYpdFsPaCQ

natick center associates

Natick Center Cultural District is fostered by a private-public partnership, managed by Natick Center Associates (NCA). The nonprofit organization is composed of property owners, retail, and office workers, concerned neighbors, town officials, nonprofits and corporations with a history of more than 40 years working together for downtown revitalization. We strive to be a great example of a successful community-driven alliance dedicated to preserving the small-town feel and the big-city amenities.

Natick Center Associates’ private-public partnership represents innovative cultural voices from merchants and property owners to arts and cultural organizations, local artists, and concerned citizens. Together we work to build capacity for cultural programming and creative spaces, and to foster creative partnerships, pivotal to the continued renaissance of Natick Center.

NCA’s dedicated leaders and volunteers have an accomplished history of working for the revitalization that characterizes Natick Center’s thriving downtown and exceptional quality of life. Our vision is to be a cultural hub of MetroWest serving as a regional destination for arts, culture, dining, shopping, business, special events, and community gatherings for residents and visitors alike.

leadership team

The Natick Center Associates Board of Directors oversees the governance of the Natick Center Cultural District and is composed of a dedicated group of business professionals and community leaders.

Athena Pandolf
Executive Director
Natick Center Cultural District

Executive Committee

Arthur B. Fair III
Fair & Yeager Insurance Agency

Virginia McEachern
Vice President
Five Crows Gallery & Handcrafted Gifts,
Studios @ 3 Adams St.

Greg Kennedy
MutualOne Bank

Steve Levinsky
Studios @ 3 Adams St.


Kristin Sundin Brandt
Sundin Marketing

Steve J. Brayman
Fitness Distributors

Swati Dave

David Lavalley
The Center for Arts in Natick

Michael McAuliffe
Middlesex Savings Bank

Karen Partanen
Natick Recreation and Parks Department

Betty C. Scott
The Frame Shop & Gallery

Gary Stucchi
Stucchi Jewelers

Avigail Shimshoni
Natick Design Review Board

Rudman Ham
Retired – Honorary Member