Cultural Districts

Martha's Vineyard currently boasts two distinctly different Cultural Districts: the Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District designated in 2015, and the Aquinnah Circle Cultural District designated in 2016.

The Aquinnah Circle Cultural District is the first joint municipal and tribal effort between the Town of Aquinnah and the Aquinnah Wampanoag.

Designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), cultural districts spark revitalization and renewal, build healthier, more livable and vital communities and contribute enormously to our economy. These cultural districts help local arts, humanities, and science organizations improve the quality and range of their public programs so that more local families can benefit from them.

They enhance the experience for visitors and thus attract more tourist dollars and tax revenue. And they attract artists, cultural organizations, and entrepreneurs of all kinds - enhancing property values and making communities more attractive.

Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival- Opening gala on the Lagoon at the Tisbury Marketplace.

Martha's Vineyard Film Center- Lobby gathering.

One of the distinct attributes of Massachusetts is the authenticity of its communities. From urban centers and fishing ports in the east, to rural hamlets and older industrial centers in the west, the Commonwealth incorporates a wide range of distinctive places. The Cultural District Initiative encourages Massachusetts communities to strengthen this sense of place, while stimulating economic activity, improving the experiences of visitors to our communities, and creating a higher quality of life. For more information about cultural districts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, please visit