Our Accomplishments

Our accomplishments to date, beginning 2020:

  • Inventoried and mapped over 180 arts & cultural assets in Melrose, outlining a proposed Cultural District for the City of Melrose
  • Provided Mayor’s office with research and information on model Cultural Districts in MA and their organizational structures
  • Organized and hosted first-of-its-kind Melrose Arts Summit in 2022, convening over 80 Melrose creative and cultural workers in a half-day workshop to identify core needs for the local arts sector and gather support for a designated Cultural District
  • Galvanized a 19-person volunteer team to work on the steps needed for a successful Cultural District application; this team has been meeting regularly on a monthly basis for over two years
  • With approval from the Mayor’s Office, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) under the Community Coalition of Melrose in order to kickstart funding for a Cultural District designation
  • Secured over $9,000 in additional arts funding for Melrose in one year
  • Gathered roughly 200 signatures of support for arts & culture to be prioritized in the City’s Parks and Open Spaces planning efforts
  • Launched a website portal that includes directories of local creative talent, local creative small businesses & organizations, art classes, artist resources, and arts announcements
  • Launched and staffed a citywide arts & culture calendar
  • Launched and staffed a monthly arts & culture direct newsletter
  • Partnered with Mayor’s office, Council on Aging, Parks & Rec Dept, MPS virtual backpacks, Melrose Weekly News, Melrose Arts, FYACS, and the Melrose Scoop to broadcast calendar events more widely.
  • Partnered with Melrose Cultural Council, Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts, and MMTV to continue the popular Pitch Perfect artist resources event: introduces artists and creative/cultural workers to funding sources in and around Melrose
  • Hosted a second annual Melrose Arts Summit in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, with approximately 80 arts & culture attendees, and featured speaker Michael Bobbitt, Executive Director of the MA Cultural Council; satisfying the state’s requirement for stakeholder engagement for a Cultural District
  • Advocated and worked with the Mayor for increased funding of the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts
  • Member of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the Mass Creative Action Advocacy Network
  • Working with North Shore Creative Collaborative, the Mayor’s Office, Melrose Chamber of Commerce, and Turners / Rising Eagle on a marketing piece for Melrose arts & culture: a video walking tour of Melrose history and local cultural assets around Rising Eagle Publick House
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