On Wednesday, local merchants and Island and state officials gathered in front of the Visitor Information Center in Vineyard Haven to officially cut the ribbon on the Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District, which encompasses the downtown area of Tisbury.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) designation is part of a statewide program launched in April 2011.
The district includes 220 businesses, of which 41 are creative economy, 22 cultural organizations, four interior designers, six architectural firms, and two shipbuilders, according to the official application. More than 40 artists live and work in the area.
In brief remarks, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse artistic and executive director MJ Bruder Munafo recognized Ann Smith of Featherstone as being instrumental in the district designation. Anita Walker, executive director of the MCC, lauded the efforts of the VHHCD, and spoke about the importance of the district. Tisbury Selectmen Melinda Loberg and Larry Gomez were also on hand, with Ms. Loberg offering words of support before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Vineyard Haven Cultural District will have a searchable online presence among other designated districts on state-sponsored websites, and be included in marketing materials. For more information, go to massculturalcouncil.org.