Vineyard Haven cultural district tour scheduled Thursday


The Massachusetts Cultural Council will tour Vineyard Haven on Thursday as part of a state-wide program that aims to create a new cultural district in town.

The tour is scheduled to begin at 1 pm at the Vineyard Haven library with stops along the way that include the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, CB Stark Jewelers, Bunch of Grapes Bookstore and the MV Film Center.  Tisbury town administrator Jay Grande, Tisbury selectmen Jeff Kristal, MVC economic development and affordable housing planner Christine Flynn, and other Island officials will join the tour.

To date, the program has designated 14 cultural districts throughout the state.  If the Vineyard Haven plan is approved, the state will provide official signage which the town can post within the designated area. If established, the Vineyard Haven Cultural District would have a searchable online presence among other designated districts on state-sponsored websites, and be included in marketing materials. The proposed cultural district would bind institutions together with art galleries and local arts-related businesses into one unified area.