Overview and Founding of the Scituate Harbor Cultural District
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) defines a cultural district as “a specific geographical area in a city or town that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets. It is a walkable, compact area that is easily identifiable to visitors and residents and serves as a center of cultural, artistic and economic activity.”
On October 16, 2015, MCC named the Scituate Harbor commercial area a cultural district to reflect its vital role as a center for cultural, artistic and economic activity for residents of and visitors to the Town of Scituate. The Scituate Harbor Cultural District extends from Old Scituate Light on Lighthouse Road, to Jericho Road heading past the Scituate Harbor Community Building to the Inn at Scituate Harbor on Beaver Dam Road, and then along Front Street and Cole Parkway until the intersection of First Parish Road. This designation opens the town to State funding, increased visibility and economic development opportunities.
Scituate Harbor Cultural District Committee
The Scituate Harbor Cultural District (SHCD) committee, appointed by the Scituate Board of Selectmen, is comprised of Scituate residents, artists, merchants and members of the following community organizations: Scituate Arts Association, Scituate Cultural Council, Scituate Chamber of Commerce, Scituate Economic Development Commission, Scituate Harbor Business Association, Scituate Historical Commission, Scituate Historical Society and the Town of Scituate.