NATICK - On September 22nd the Natick Center Cultural District and the Town of Natick unveiled the Natick Center Cultural District's (NCCD) "Cultural Asset Catalog". The Catalog comprises an inventory of individual artists, creative enterprises, cultural organizations, and arts education institutions associated with the Natick Center Cultural District. "The Cultural Asset Catalog allows us to recognize the diverse population of artist and cultural offerings we have in Natick that benefit both the local community and visitors," said Natick Center Associates, Inc. President, Arthur B. Fair III. NCCD's Cultural Asset Catalog is published (below) and will be updated on an ongoing basis.
"We are very thankful for the grant we received from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development which allowed consultant Peg Barringer of FinePoint Associates to work with NCCD staff and the Town to complete the inventory," said Natick Center Cultural District Executive Director, India Young.
The final Catalog report presented by Barringer revealed that among the 159 listings created from survey responses: 81 are artists who live, show or produce art in Natick, 29 are cultural enterprises associated with NCCD, 42 are arts education institutions, and 7 are cultural organizations; many of the people surveyed identified themselves in multiple categories. Additionally, the results show the degree of Cultural District awareness and participation among survey responders, and those who wish to get involved in Cultural District happenings.
"This is the first--and certainly the most complete--assessment of the cultural assets to be undertaken in our region. Both the process and the tremendous response are models for future assessments in other regions," said MetroWest Visitors Bureau, Executive Director, Susan Nicholl.
Being posted publicly, the Cultural Asset Catalog offers NCCD artists, creative industries, cultural institutions another opportunity to connect and collaborate. "This database will help us to connect not only with artists, artisans, businesses, restaurants, and organizations who are active in the NCCD, but also those who wish to get involved in the Cultural District," added Young.
"This survey just further illustrates how well the Natick Center Cultural District has pulled together the community and connected all the people working in the cultural arena, whether they are individual artists or nonprofit organizations or venues," added Nicholl.
"It was a pleasure working with the Town of Natick and the Natick Center Cultural District (NCCD) on this research project. Natick has a treasure trove of cultural assets, especially for a community of its size. The cultural catalog promotes and showcases the breadth of creative individuals, enterprises and organizations. Uncovering and sharing this information will help to facilitate collaboration among the creative community and foster the development of ideas to support and grow the creative economy," said Barringer.
If you are interested in being added to NCCD's Cultural Asset Catalog call 508-650-8848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the Catalog see the pdf links below.