Springfield Central Cultural District

One of three street pianos in Springfield, MA
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  An organization promoting arts, music, theater, and cultural attractions in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts has a new executive director.

James Kitchen with his pipe wrench sculpture
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For the second year in a row, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts is offering grants to create public art displays in its downtown cultural district.

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   Local governments, nonprofits, and a state agency will all sing from the same music sheet under an initiative launched in Massachusetts today to foster a rich cultural life.

     The Springfield Central Cultural District has received a $25,000 grant to help grow the creative economy in the Massachusetts city. 

James Kitchen with his pipe wrench sculpture
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    A new piece of public art is on display in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. It represents a first for the city in more than one way.

One of three street pianos in Springfield, MA
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   The newest public art venture in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts was formally unveiled today.

     Springfield is now one of about 40 cities around the world with “street pianos.”

     Upright pianos that have been colorfully decorated by professional artists have been put at three locations downtown. The pianos have signs inviting people – regardless of skill level – to sit down and play.

     Morgan Drewniany, Executive Director of the Springfield Central Cultural District, said the pianos will add vibrancy to downtown and create a feeling of community.

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A common sight on the streets of many cities, the first bicycle taxies have appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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     Springfield, Massachusetts was the site today for a good-natured election-themed promotion for the national release of a new children’s book.

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   A new initiative called Futurecity Massachusetts looks to put culture and the arts at the core of economic development and revitalization projects.  The state’s three largest cities are the initial participants in the venture. 

   The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Foundation have hired consultant Mark Davy’s London-based Futurecity to come up with unique strategies for Boston, Worcester, and Springfield to use cultural assets, not just as passive attractions, but to drive job growth.