What's Going on in the Cultural District?
Painted Pianos Project
We've placed three pianos in unexpected places - 1350 Main Street, 1550 Main Street, and Market Place! They have been donated, painted and decorated by local artists, and now it's your turn to try something artistic - stop by on a walk and play a few keys!
Throughout July and August, we'll be hiring musicians to play for you, but in the meantime, play away. No experience is necessary, we even welcome chopsticks (though passerby might not love it as much as we do).
The purpose of this program is to both activate the streetscape of Downtown Springfield with music and bright art, but to also increase opportunities for artist income. The creative economy is the backbone of not just Springfield, but Massachusetts as a whole.
This project is supported by the Springfield Cultural Council, Community Music School of Springfield, and ChooseSpringfieldMass.Com, but we're still looking for help to hire musicians during the day. More info can be found on the Projects page.
Please join us for a ribbon cutting of the pianos at the Market Place Shops on Monday, June 12 at 2 PM. There will be music, light refreshments, and remarks from the Mayor.
Call for Art - Art Stop(s) August 2
It's back again! The flagship program of the Springfield Central Cultural District, Art Stop(s), a pop-up gallery program, is returning to Downtown Springfield and we're looking for art.
If you are a practicing artist, please consider applying to show and sell your work. Selected artists will recieve a $200 stipend, marketing, reception, and can sell their work for no commission during the hanging period of 3 months.
Deadline is June 30, 2017.
FutureCity/MA and FutureCity/Springfield
In July of 2016, the Springfield Central Cultural District entered a program funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Boston Foundation to look at how to change arts and creative expression from nicety to necessity. We believe that the future of economic development lies in integration of placemaking into residential, commercial, and business ventures, and that to create a successful and equitable metro center, that we must focus on the arts.
This short video looks at what FutureCity/MA addressed, what we're already doing in the Cultural District, and how we can move forward during the renaissance of Downtown Springfield. It was produced in kind by Focus Springfield Community Television.
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!
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 (use the Cultural Walking Tour or Video Map - make sure you see the utility boxes!) and share with us what you see on our social media @sfldculture or using #ExperienceTheUnexpected. Artists can find out what's available on the artist resources page. Check out our programs happening year-round!
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.
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!
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
Updates from the Springfield Central Cultural District
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