Councils and Convenors

Local organizations created to support and grow the cultural scene.

Arts! Ashland Alliance

Arts! Ashland Alliance

Ashland 01721 508-561-2507 

Our mission is to support access to diverse expressions of arts and cultural programming, promote arts education, and cultivate Ashland’s cultural and economic vitality

Ashland Cultural Council

Ashland Cultural Council

Ashland Town Hall, 101 Main Street, Ashland 01721

Framingham Cultural Council

Framingham Cultural Council

150 Concord Street, Framingham 01702


Natick Center Cultural District

Natick Center Cultural District

20 Main Street, Natick 01760


The District is home to more than 100 working artists, venues, and many independently owned businesses and cultural organizations, all contributing to a busy year-round schedule of arts and cultural events.

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture - deCordova

Arts & Culture - Re-enactors

Community Spotlight - Hudson


Sitting on the bank of the Assabet River, on the western edge of Middlesex County, Hudson has come to embody the quintessential “new New England town.” While maintaining its charming, traditional essence, the town’s revamped downtown area has injected an air of trendiness and excitement to go along with its serene natural beauty.


Previously a village of Marlborough, Hudson was incorporated as its own town in 1866. Taking full advantage of its location along the Assabet River, the town quickly became a thriving factory town and home to 17 different shoe factories, even becoming known as “Shoe Town.” The availability of work opportunities made it an ideal place for immigrants to come to work and raise a family, and the land was settled by newcomers of predominantly Irish and Portuguese descent.

Local Offerings

With an influx of younger residents, Hudson has become a trendier, contemporary town, and its culinary offerings reflect this demographic shift. For those who enjoy a local craft brew, there’s Medusa Brewing Company and Ground Effect Brewing Company, which pair perfectly with a variety of artisanal cheeses from downtown’s Mullahy’s cheese shop. For the even younger crowd, Hudson offers many ways to pass the time, including Cellucci Skate and Splash Park and Roller Kingdom. For those looking to liven up their personal style or home décor, Hudson’s downtown is home to several clothing and home goods boutiques with offerings from both local and international artisans. Although these local shops and boutiques add to the charm of Hudson, it is still home to many of the big-box stores that simply make life a little more convenient.