Crossroads Cultural District Committee

Staff Contact:

MJ Adams, (413) 772-1548    

Mailing Address:

14 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301

 

Next meeting:

Members

8 of 10 seats. 0 years each seat.

  • Caitlin von Schmidt. Project Duration.
  • Christy Moore. Project Duration.
  • Ellie Mandell. Project Duration.
  • Gretchen Green. Project Duration.
  • Heidi Weeks. Project Duration.
  • Rachael Katz. Project Duration.
  • Stephen Hussey. Project Duration.
  • Steven Goldsher. Project Duration.
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Launched in 2011 by an act of the state legislature, Cultural Districts designated by the Mass Cultural Council drive economic growth, strengthen our distinctive local character, and improve the quality of life of families across Massachusetts. By supporting arts, humanities, and science organizations, Cultural Districts attract tourists and entrepreneurs, which in turn help communities foster their cultural sector and expand their tax base. And that benefits everyone.

Do you like journeying off the beaten path and discovering new delights in unexpected places? Visit the Crossroads Cultural District and find something cool and different in every corner; Greenfield proves the adage that great things come in small packages. Come enjoy the completeness of a quirky, small, old-fashioned, full-service New England town that’s enjoying a blossoming of arts, music, history, and culture as more and more artists of all stripes discover this easily-accessible yet hidden Western Mass treasure.

Located right off the junction of Route 2 and I91, with the Mohawk Trail (2A) and scenic Routes 5 & 10 running directly through it, the Crossroads Cultural District in Greenfield is aptly named. Originally the crossroads of the Boston-Albany and Montreal-New York travel ways in the 18th and 19th centuries, Greenfield is now the perfect spot for skiiers, cyclists, and leaf-peepers to stop for a spell, and for its residents to spend time enjoying what the City has to offer.

Enjoy myriad dining options in a half-mile stretch featuring food from all over the world as well as our own Connecticut River Valley. Shop for books, records, handcrafted gifts, clothing, jewelry, toys and more. Breath in the fresh air at one of three downtown public gathering spaces: the Common, Veterans Mall, or Energy Park, where you can also catch a free summertime concert in the bandshell. Check out all the murals, sculptures, banners, and other public art as you stroll down Main Street on your way to the Greenfield Gallery to check out a new show or purchase locally-made crafts. Take in a first-run movie on one of seven screens at the Greenfield Garden Cinemas. After dinner enjoy a beverage at one of the welcoming bars and taverns or head out to hear every kind of music under the sun at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center or 10 Forward. Come for events such as the Farmers' Market, the BeeFest, the Coop Concert series, and the Franklin County Fair Parade.

From a painted parking meter to a mural that covers the side of a building, from a single busker to a world-renowned band, there’s always something to find in the Crossroads Cultural District.

MGL Part I Title II Chapter 10 Section 58A

Section 58A. (a) The council shall establish criteria and guidelines for state-designated cultural districts. A cultural district shall be a geographical area of a city or town with a concentration of cultural facilities located within it. Cultural districts shall attract artists and cultural enterprises to a community, encourage business and job development, establish tourist destinations, preserve and reuse historic buildings, enhance property values and foster local cultural development. The council shall assist a city or town if the city or town wishes to develop or foster a cultural district. The council shall develop an application process, with specific guidelines and criteria, for a city or town that wishes to develop or foster a cultural district. Executive branch agencies, constitutional offices and quasi-governmental agencies shall identify programs and services that support and enhance the development of cultural districts and ensure that those programs and services are accessible to such districts. The council shall consult with the Massachusetts historical commission in developing and establishing criteria and guidelines regarding preservation and reuse of historic buildings.

(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, executive branch agencies, constitutional offices and quasi-governmental agencies including, but not limited to, the council and historic preservation programs, shall review and revise regulations and other economic development tools, including the evaluative criteria of such historic preservation programs, in order to support and encourage the development and success of state-designated cultural districts.

Previous meetings:

Calendar of Events
Tue, Oct 4, 2022, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
14 Court Square, 2nd Fl Meeting Room
Posted to: Assessor’s Office
Tue, Oct 4, 2022, 6:00 pm
via Zoom (link will be posted on the agenda)
Posted to: City Council
Wed, Oct 5, 2022, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Police Dept. Meeting Room
Posted to: Public Safety Comm.