City Hosting Meeting To Designate Framingham Centre As Cultural District

FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham is partnering with a number of local institutions in Framingham Centre to submit an application to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to designate the Framingham Centre Common as a Cultural District.

A meeting to discuss the proposal will be held on Wednesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at Edgell Memorial Library at 3 Oak Street.

The Framingham Centre Common Cultural District will be located in the area of our historic Centre Common, which is anchored by several of the City’s most significant cultural organizations, according to the City’s website.

The City’s founding partner organizations include the Framingham History Center, Framingham State University, and the Danforth Art Museum – which will shortly relocate to their new home in the Jonathan Maynard Building.

This designation would further the following goals:

  • Attract artists and cultural enterprises
  • Encourage business and job development
  • Establish the district as a tourist destination
  • Preserve and reuse historic buildings
  • Enhance property values
  • Foster local cultural development

“The key benefit will be a focused effort to coordinate programs, events, and outreach for the district and the constituent institutions. We hope to create a space in and around the Centre Common where arts, culture, and history are elevated and celebrated and serve to draw visitors from around the region,” states the City on its website.

“We have established district boundaries according to Mass Cultural Council guidelines that correspond roughly to a walkable district in which nothing is more than 10 minutes away on foot. This district includes over 100 businesses that will benefit from the collaboration and increased visitors to the area,” states the City.

Refreshments will be served.

Attendees to the meeting are asked to RSVP to Erika Oliver Jerram, Deputy Director, Community & Economic Development, at 508-532-5455 or

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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