ArtsFalmouth

ArtsFalmouth is an umbrella organization created to celebrate, sponsor and promote art events and artists in and around Falmouth.

The mission of ArtsFalmouth is to celebrate and promote local arts and culture. Its purpose is to raise awareness and increase the public’s exposure to the arts in the Falmouth area; provide a forum for ideas for the arts and cultural community; stimulate cooperative planning and programming among its members; and represent the interests of the cultural community to the town and its citizens. ArtsFalmouth intends to improve the community using arts as a vehicle and to foster a Creativel Economy that will strengthen both the arts and the business community.

ArtsFalmouth was launched by an Adams Grant from the Mass Cultural Council in 2005. Originally named CONNECT, a consortium of The Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Cape Cod Conservatory, Falmouth Academy and Historic Highfield, the grant was matched two to one by private donors. Its purpose was to stimulate economic activity by encouraging the arts.

Members include all the major arts organizations in town, which now work together to coordinate events and cross promote. ArtsFalmouth runs a Calendar of events in the Enterprise every Friday, runs a twice daily billboard of cultural events on FCTV, and emails a monthly newsletter to the 885 people in its database with opportunities for artists and details on activities for the next 30 days. Emails to highlight special events are often sent to the general list or to a more targeted audience.

Networking events are held three times a year for artists to meet each other, coordinate events and find ways to cross promote. These are currently held at The Art Center, Highfield Hall and Museums on the Green/Falmouth Historical Society.

The two major public activities of ArtsFalmouth are The Arts Alive Festival in June and JazzFest Falmouth in early Fall. Both are purposely held during the shoulder seasons to promote tourism and stretch that important economic engine beyond the summer months. Both Festivals showcase the work of area artists – be they musicians, glass blowers, actors or potters.