Where are the other Cultural Districts?
There are currently 43 recognized cultural districts in Massachusetts, designated by the Mass Cultural Council. Designation began in 2011, after an act of the state legislature in 2010.
"Great Barrington has all the elements in place to create a cultural district....the characteristics needed are cultural venues, varied restaurants and distinctive stores all within walking distance."
- Kelley Vickery
Berkshire International Film Festival
"Great Barrington truly is one of America's greatest small towns--and the arts are at the heart of what makes our community unique. Designation as a cultural district will help draw more attention to our town's exceptional culturing offerings--and to the inclusive model of culture that CATA and Great Barrington embodies."
Community Access to the Arts
"BPL would benefit from GB being designated a cultural district because of the increased visibility that comes from being a cultural district. Cultural tourism is increasing across the country and the world and many tourists are interested in visiting cities and towns with a varied offering of cultural activities."
Berkshire Playwrights Lab