Four times a year, the Bedford Cultural District publishes a brochure to enlighten the Bedford community about the various arts and cultural events that will be occurring in the town.
This listing is a collaboration between Jeff King, who is Bedford’s Housing and Economic Development Director, and Tony Fields, Bedford’s Planning Director.
When asked what the purpose of the brochure is, King said that “the brochure is meant to inform the Bedford community about the various arts and cultural events that will be happening this spring. We try to include all the organizations in town who are in the Cultural District as well as other arts and cultural related groups.”
The brochure contributes to the quality of life in town. It not only promotes local artists, but it connects Bedford residents with an array of art activities and events happening in the area to help keep their bodies, minds, and spirits alive, alert, and enthusiastic.
The plan is to put out at least four guides a year: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Updating the calendar is an ongoing project.
Preparation of the calendar takes a lot of time and effort as King and Fields contact local organizations that might benefit from having their activities listed and when and where they will be held.
The theme for this publication is “Keeping The Art Alive” and includes information about arts and cultural events at the Bedford Schools, the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society, the BCA Photo Group, the Bedford Historical Society, the Bedford Free Public Library, Middlesex College music programs, Friends of Depot Park, as well as events such as the Jacob Wren Throckmorton Memorial Art Show and the First Parish Plant & Craft Sale.
Anyone in town who is planning an arts or cultural event should contact Jeff King at [email protected].
To get your copy of the Spring brochure go to the town website at: www.bedfordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2253/Spring-2023-Cultural-Events.
Copies can also be found at the Bedford Free Public Library, Town Hall, as well as various places throughout the town.
The brochure also fits into the larger plan for a broader effort to promote art events in the Bedford area.
To find out what other towns are doing in their cultural districts that were established in 2011 by the state legislature, go to https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/cultural-districts.
Doris Smith is the Arts and Culture Reporter for the The Bedford Citizen. The Arts and Culture Reporter is sponsored in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council.