The Town of Barnstable announced Friday that it will now have not one but two cultural districts. According to a release from the town, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to make Barnstable Village a cultural district.
The first cultural district in Barnstable, the Hyannis HyArts Cultural District, was so designated in May 2012. The HyArts Cultural District is now a thriving area which includes the HyArts Artist Shanties, art classes and exhibits, concerts and other seasonal performances and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.
Barnstable will now be the second town in the commonwealth to have two cultural districts. The Barnstable Village Cultural District will be the 4th on the Cape and the 20th in the state. The other two MCC designated cultural districts on the Cape are the Orleans Village Center Cultural District in Orleans and the Glass Town Cultural District in Sandwich.
The district met all MCC criteria including a concentration of cultural, economic and historic resources and the strong commitment of the community, according to the release. The Long Range Planning Committee and the Cape Cod Art Association were instrumental in completing the extensive application process.
In addition to the Cape cod Art Association, district partners include Sturgis Library, the Coast Guard Heritage Museum, the Barnstable Historical Society and Barnstable Pottery.
The town called the benefits of the designation numerous and noted MCC support and funding will translate into statewide and nationwide marketing opportunities, expanded tourism and economic growth for the state's newest official cultural district.