Franklin Cultural District a milestone for Franklin, MA
The designation of an official cultural district in Franklin, MA was recently announced by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC ). The new Franklin Cultural District should help advance the ongoing revitalization of the downtown area of Franklin by drawing more visitors and activity to downtown Franklin.
The approval of the district also entitles Franklin to funding and support from a range of state departments and programs that further the arts and historic preservation. In announcing the approval of the Franklin Cultural District, Franklin Cultural District Committee’s website quoted the MCC’s Executive Director Anita Walker as identifying the “Red Brick School, Franklin Historical Museum, and the Ray Memorial Building” as potential recipients of such funding and support.
Franklin Cultural District includes many cultural assets
The Franklin Cultural District is geographically extensive. It includes the downtown, Dean College, the town common, the High School and Oak Street Elementary/ Horace Mann Middle schools, the Union Street Cemetery and the former mill buildings on Fisher and Howard Streets.
This is a highly walkable district with many shops and eateries and interesting things to see.
The number of arts and cultural resources in the Franklin Cultural District is impressive! The District is home to the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, an internationally recognized school with its own production company and live theater, Dean College, which offers Bachelor’s Degrees in Theater and Arts and Entertainment Management, the Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center, a thriving dance studio which has been successfully training students for professional careers in dance for over 35 years, LiveArts, a nonprofit performing arts organization which hosts performances by classical musicians from throughout the country, and the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, an acoustic music organization which sponsors shows by nationally acclaimed folk, blues, country and rock musicians.
Below are links to just a sampling of what Franklin, MA has to offer in terms of the arts and culture . . .
Congratulations to the many town residents who worked hard to make the Franklin Cultural District a reality!
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