Vineyard Haven named one of America’s twelve Small-Town ArtPlaces

A view of Vineyard Haven harbor. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Nancy Gardella, executive director of Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce, last week announced that Vineyard Haven has been named one of America’s 12 Small-Town ArtPlaces for 2013.

This distinction is reserved specifically for small towns with the highest concentrations of arts nonprofits, core

arts-oriented businesses, and workers in creative occupations among smaller towns in America, based on data analyzed by Impresa, Inc., a Portland-based firm specializing in the study of regional economies, according to a press release.

“This designation is evidence to Martha’s Vineyard’s commitment to honor and encourage the arts in all their expressions,” Ms. Gardella said.

“Many arts movements have thrived since the inception of Arts Martha’s Vineyard, a collaboration of arts, culture and business, including participation in the Fall for the Arts, Creative Economy Speaker Series, Art Island and other aesthetic initiatives to keep Martha’s Vineyard ‘top of mind’ in New England and beyond as a stand-alone arts destination.” said Ann Smith, president of Arts Martha’s Vineyard and director at Featherstone Center for the Arts.

“For example, the Island’s ArtsApp Martha’s Vineyard is the best way to create one’s own arts trail and find Vineyard artists, craftspeople, galleries, museums, art centers, theaters, and concerts.”

ArtPlace is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative place-making, putting the arts at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities.

The 2013 Top Twelve Small-Town ArtPlaces comprise arts-centric communities in single-town zip codes in non-metropolitan areas and metropolitan areas with a population of 100,000 or less. The selection was based on three factors identified by Impresa Inc: arts-related nonprofits; arts-related businesses; and people working in creative occupations. The 2013 selections are:Eureka Springs, Ark., Crested Butte, Colo., Ketchum, Idaho, Vineyard Haven, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Lanesboro, Minn., Highlands, N.C., Taos, N.M., Marfa,Tex., Stowe, Vermont, Eastsound, Wash., and Sarasota, Fla.

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