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Springfield Central

Cultural District

EXPERIENCE THE UNEXPECTED

What's Going on in the Cultural District? 

Art Stop(s) is coming back! 

Remember that time that we threw a party on Main Street in Springfield, celebrating the "popping-up" of three new galleries? We're doing it again! 

Art Stop(s) comes back to SilverBrick Lofts, New England Public Radio, and 1550 Main Street on April 6 from 4:30-6 PM. We'll have new artists in the galleries, along with music, snacks, and maybe a few other surprises. 

Before celebrating, we need your talent and art! Apply to show your visual art in the show, with a paid stipend of course, or get in touch so you can show off your busking or street music skills between the locations.

More information is on the artist resources and projects pages. 


So, What Do You Do? 

The Springfield Central Cultural District is a growing initiative to bring arts and culture to Downtown Springfield!

Our mission is to bring more vitality to the city by highlighting its outstanding cultural offerings and adding new creative opportunities for artists and the greater community. We aim to make arts and culture in Springfield more accessible, while creating connections between artists, cultural landmarks, and visitors!

Learn More          Staff and Board          Annual Plan         Artist Resources

Where are You Located? 

This map highlights the area our district encompasses as well as the location of each of our members!

For a detailed version of each location, take a "walking tour"!

How Can I Get Involved?

Take a walk through our cultural district and share with us what you see on our social media @sfldculture or using #ExperienceTheUnexpected. 

Cultural Events This Week... 

Friday, March 3

The Irish Comedy Tour makes a stop at Symphony Hall, bringing belly laughs from more than 5 comedians hailing from the Emerald Isle

Saturday, March 4 

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a veritable buffet of activities for everyone in the family at the Springfield Museums. 

Swing by the Central Library for their Local Author Fair while you're visiting the Quadrangle - a wide range of styles will be presented. 

It's not St. Patrick's Day yet but you can get into the feeling by seeing the Irish Tenors, presented by the Symphony Orchestra. 

For a full calendar of Downtown Events please visit the Calendar at SpringfieldDowntown.Com

 

Past Projects

Utility Box Mural Program

Old First Church Organ Concert

The SCCD presented a free organ concert in historic Old First Church in November 2016. More concerts coming soon!

The purpose of this program was to both show how beautiful and versatile the space is, as well as provide income to local artists through this program. We weren't just putting on an event – we were showing the potential in this historic building and hoping to encourage future activity in not just Old First Church, but throughout unexpected spaces in the Cultural District.

Over 26 colorful pieces of art can be found on unexpected canvases throughout the District - utility boxes!

The purpose of this project was two-fold: first, to beautify the streets and create unique and interesting pedestrian sights; second, to provide economic opportunity to local artists who are trying to make a living creating art in Springfield. We see this project in its final step as a huge, free outdoor gallery that is accessible to anyone, regardless of social or income status.

Our Members

The success of the Springfield Central Cultural District is in large part due to our spectacular members - they make it possible to spread our mission, vision, and programs!

Full Member List

Why Become a Member?

As a member of the Springfield Central Cultural District your voice is heard in the arts and cultural community of Downtown Springfield! 

We offer a number of membership levels to fit individual and organizational needs. The benefits of being a member include, but are not limited to:

  • Access to the Cultural District website, social media, calendar, and network.
  • Early notice of economic and exposure opportunities created by the Cultural District

  • Invitation to Cultural District annual meeting and events

  • Set of SCCD Decals to display

Membership Levels and Total Benefits

 

Updates from the Springfield Central Cultural District

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