~ Submitted by Jeffrey M. King, Bedford Housing and Economic Development Director
The Town of Bedford’s Cultural District Partnership is planning a celebratory launch of the District on Saturday, June 11 (rain date: June 18), beginning at 10:00 a.m. A variety of activities for all ages will be held along The Great Road, Depot Park, and the Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail.
The Bedford Town Common will be the setting for an arts and culture festival highlighting cultural groups and businesses exhibiting. Institutions and businesses that are located within the Cultural District will welcome visitors at open houses. Plans include a scavenger hunt, live music performances, interactive art activities, demonstrations, hands-on chalk drawing along the Rail Trail, making Kindness Rocks celebrations, and more!
“The Select Board is delighted that the Mass Cultural Council has recognized Bedford’s new Cultural District. Arts and culture bring communities together: from Depot Park to the Town Center campus, this new District gives us more opportunities to share Bedford’s rich history and strong support of the arts in innovative and inclusive ways” said Emily Mitchell, a member of the Bedford Select Board.
The charter of the Bedford Cultural District is to promote existing cultural institutions and events, arts and cultural initiatives and encourage more cultural activities and opportunities for public art. The District features over 30 cultural resources. A map and guide of the Cultural District will be available at the Cultural District tent at the Town Common on June 11. It can also be found on the Town of Bedford Website (bedfordma.gov/culturaldistrict).
The vision for the Bedford Cultural District is the creation of a strong cultural identity in Bedford Center for
Bedford’s cultural, artistic, and creative business communities. The District will provide for a thriving art-making and small business scene with activated public spaces, rotating temporary art exhibits, and additional spaces for performance and art display.
Barbara Purchia, Chair of the Bedford Cultural Council and a member of Cultural District Partnership stated that “The Cultural District is a wonderful walking trail of historic and cultural sites. Each time I walk the path from Depot Park to Wilson Park, I find something new to experience.”