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Montserrat College of Art, city of Beverly to host open meeting on planned downtown Arts and Cultural District

Posted by Ryan Mooney  November 8, 2012 11:50 AM

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Montserrat College of Art, along with city officials and representatives of Beverly Main Streets, is holding a a public meeting on Wednesday for residents and business owners regarding the planning of a downtown Arts and Cultural District.

The proposed district is made possible through a $75,000 matching grant awarded jointly to the three entities from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which was announced back in July. The meeting will be held at the First Baptist Church on Cabot Street from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

"The community meeting will provide examples of other successful arts and culture districts and allow opportunity for public input on the process," Montserrat spokeswoman Jo Broderick said in a statement.

Community Partners Consultants, an urban planning an design company based in Boston, which has helped create cultural districts in other major cities across the country, has been hired to assist with planning, and representatives from the firm will be on hand at the meeting to discuss their approach and seek public input.

Montserrat has also put out a national call to artists and design teams that would like to put together conceptual plans. The application deadline to get involved is Friday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. All pertinent information, including qualification and eligibility requirements, can be found here.

"The goal of this project is to create an aesthetic vision for the proposed arts and cultural district that strengthens the city's appeal as a vibrant cultural and economic center," Broderick said in a statement.

Meeting information:

When: Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot Street.

For more information contact Jo Broderick at Montserrat College of Art, 978-867-9613, or Gin Wallace at Beverly Main Streets, 978-922-8558. Also, check out the Beverly Main Streets website.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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