NEWBURYPORT – The Newburyport Cultural Council will host its first Cultural Forum on Thursday, inviting local leaders to talk about the arts in the city
The intention of the forum is to solidify Newburyport as a cultural center serving the North Shore, according to the council. The event will take place at the Custom House Maritime Museum from 4-7 p.m.
Speakers will include Andrew Levine, Chief of Staff to Mayor Sean Reardon; Nate Allard, President of the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and John Moynihan, executive director of the Firehouse Center for the Arts and founding member of the Newburyport Arts Collective.
“We are fortunate to be able to build on the foundations that so many here have created with their passion and dedication to arts and culture in Newburyport,” said Patricia Cannon, chair of the 10-member volunteer board. Press release.
“This is an important time for our voices to be heard and we look forward to the lively discussion and solidification of our path towards advancing our city’s cultural identity,” she added.
Following the presentations, attendees will break into small groups to discuss their hopes and future challenges for the city’s cultural community. The discussions will be followed by a reception.
The forum will bring together members of the visual arts, theater and music communities as well as representatives of the city’s historical institutions and organizations that contribute to its artistic fabric.
The forum follows the annual ArtsWalk last weekend and the return of Spring Fest on Saturday and Sunday, featuring more than two dozen local artists offering everything from dancing to drumming. Free performances will take place at Waterfront Park and along the waterfront.
To register for the forum, email [email protected]