WHO WE ARE
Our mission is to serve the entire Cape community and visitors to the area by offering instruction, entertainment, and exhibition in the visual, literary, and performing arts.
Programming at the Center reflects real needs and priorities which are echoed in our motto – All the Arts for All of Us – and embodied in the diversity of the opportunities offered throughout a campus that boasts 5 galleries, 5 resident artist studios, a performance hall, a gift shop, and an Education Wing that features a Culinary Arts Center, Recording Studio, Pottery Studio, Makerspace, Digital Arts Studio, and other assets, especially for under-served populations.
The Cultural Center is more than a building, but its building is an essential part of its story. In 2000, a group of concerned citizens set out to rescue that building, formerly the Bass River Savings Bank, an architectural treasure that had long been vacant. For seven years, they raised the funding necessary for extensive renovations (including a $400K grant from the Yarmouth Community Preservation Fund), rehabilitated the building, and, in 2007, opened the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.
Thanks to the generous support of the Cultural Facilities Fund, the Yarmouth Community Preservation Fund, and private foundations and individuals, the Cultural Center was able to open a new Education Wing—debt free— in 2016, doubling its campus and capacity to serve.
Our calendar of events, exhibits, and educational opportunities engages people of all ages, abilities, and incomes. And we support both emerging and established artists in all media and genres.
The Center has received several awards, including an Adaptive Reuse award from the MA Historical Commission, a Community Impact Award from the Town of Yarmouth, and a Community Leadership in the Arts Award (selected by other non-profits across the region). It is involved in regional and state-wide arts advocacy efforts and is widely recognized as a leader in both the arts and community development.
Everything that happens at the Cultural Center is predicated upon a democratic philosophy of inclusion, encouragement, and accessibility. Its performance and exhibition schedules feature a balance of both emerging and established artists. Flexible teachers lead classes for a range of ages and abilities. Prices are reasonable, and scholarships are available for those without the means to pay. Exhibits, receptions, and many other events are free. And programs for under-served populations like youth at risk—in partnership with leaders in the social services, government, and education—provide meaningful antidotes to unhealthy behaviors. Both the breadth and depth of its programming make the Center a strong and vibrant resource for the entire region.
Since then it has served over 200,000 people of all ages, interests, abilities, and incomes. It offers a wide range of programs, serves as both arts and community center, and works hard to serve under-served populations. And it is intent on expanding in order to increase its services. In these and other ways it is living up to its motto to support and embrace All the Arts for All of Us.