The Greater Shelburne Falls region is known far and wide for its artists, performers and crafts people whose work is influenced by this rural place – its mountain landscape, forested hillsides, rushing rivers, quiet valleys, and historic town centers. 

To help them and the many galleries, performing art centers, and creative industries scattered among our towns GSFABA has developed an extensive list that offers important information and tools. Browse the list below to discover organizations, programs, agencies, and more.

Creative Economy Network / Pioneer Valley Creative Network

The Creative Economy Network / Pioneer Valley Creative Network is a state/regional partnership that is working to develop a statewide strategy to enhance, encourage, and grow the creative economy in Massachusetts.

Fostering Arts & Culture Project (FACP)

This is an exciting and unique partnership working to grow the creative economy in Franklin County, MA. The arts are a powerful industry in New England. We influence spending, have employment power, create a regional identity, and generate interest and excitement. Our creative efforts help make "home" more vibrant and interesting, and bring cultural dollars to our towns that support local restaurants, hotels and B&Bs, gas stations, and stores, as well as our own creative work.

Local Cultural Council (LCC)

The Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program from the Massachusetts Cultural Council is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually.

The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen.

Individuals, schools, and cultural organizations are eligible to apply for project support from their local council. Funding for cultural field trips is also available. Applicants should contact their LCC before completing an application.

Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC)

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

Shelburne Falls Cultural District

The Village of Shelburne Falls became a Cultural District in 2012 when the State honored the two-town hamlet (Buckland and Shelburne) with the designation. 

The Commonwealth’s Cultural District Initiative focuses on helping Massachusetts communities to stimulate economic activity, improve the experiences of visitors to communities, and create a better quality of life for area residents.

In earning Cultural District designation, Shelburne Falls is recognized for preserving its historic village center, small town charm and thriving cultural community.

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