WHO WE ARE
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is one of the most engaging and accessible cultural organizations in the region.
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 and is echoed by its motto: All the Arts for All of Us. Perhaps the best example of our response to community is embodied by our new Education Wing, whose Culinary Arts Center, Recording Studio, Pottery Studio, and other assets fill gaps in service, especially for under-served populations.
Our calendar of events, exhibits, and educational opportunities engages people of all ages, abilities and incomes.
We support both emerging and established artists in all media and genres.
Since opening in 2007, the Center has served over 200,000 people and 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.
For detailed information about the Cultural Center’s programs and finances, please contact us or register at DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project) at http://www.culturaldata.org/home/
In 2000, the decaying but still beautiful Bass River Savings Banks in South Yarmouth was about to undergo an amazing rebirth. Once considered an architectural treasure, the building had been vacant for seventeen years and was by now in such bad condition that it was virtually un-saleable and, increasingly, a neighborhood concern. A group of dedicated citizens therefore formed a non-profit organization in order to transform the elegant old building into a much-needed cultural center. A very generous neighbor, inspired by this monumental effort, purchased the building and donated it to the group.
So began the six years of dedicated grass roots fund raising necessary to finance extensive renovations, originally estimated at $2.3 million. For five years, the majority of funds came from a Founding Sponsor drive, with average donations of $50, and from many other fund raising events. These years were characterized by the determination and perseverance of the community, the board of trustees, and tireless volunteers. Finally, in 2006, the Town of Yarmouth voted to release $400,000 in Community Preservation Act Funds to the Cultural Center so that the renovation could be completed.
Among the many initial renovation projects were significant roof repairs, removal of hazardous waste that included whole walls of decayed lead paint and asbestos ceiling tiles, removal and replacement of corroded heating and plumbing systems, forced opening of an old vault, and dismantling of the tellers’ stations. After basic gutting, 1930s-inspired restrooms and a catering kitchen were installed. The interior was completely repainted in period color schemes, and a terrazzo floor featuring a compass rose was laid. The project was completed for $750,000, less than a third of the original estimate, thanks to the outstanding efforts of volunteer workers and the extraordinarily competent leadership of the trustees, Business Administrator Patricia Garry, and Executive Director Robert Nash.
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod finally opened its doors in 2007. 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. But escalating demand for services led the Center, in 2011, to launch a capital campaign to build a new Education Wing, an ambitious project for any non profit in a difficult economy, but especially ambitious for one only four years old at the time.
It took four years for the Center to raise the funds for and complete the construction of its gorgeous new Education Wing, but it was worth the effort and the wait. Thanks to the generous support of the Cultural Facilities Fund (administered by the MA Cultural Council and MassDevelopment), the Yarmouth Community Preservation Fund, and private foundations and individuals—in almost equal measure—the Cultural Center was able to open its new wing in 2016.
If you are interested in the remaining naming rights for areas in the Education Wing and the main building, please click here.
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main Street
South Yarmouth, MA 02664
Monday through Friday: 9am-5pm
Every evening, by chance.
Robert M. Nash, Executive Director
Lauren Wolk, Associate Director
Amy Neill, Director of Education
Meg McNamara, Business Administrator
Laura Kelley, Membership Coordinator
Kim Borowski, Public Relations Coordinator
Molly Demeulenaere, Development Consultant
Nicki Palmer, Volunteer Coordinator
Elena Tobin, Gift Shop Manager
Angela Howes, Editor
Bass River Press
Board of Trustees
James K. Saben
Marion Broidrick, Esq.
Marion Broidrick, Esq.
Paul Tardiff, Esq.
Via Rte 6:
Take exit 8.
Go south off the exit ramp (right, if eastbound; left if westbound), onto Station Ave.
Go straight until Station Ave. merges with north Main Street, at an intersection with Rte. 28.
Proceed straight through the intersection and one more block. The Cultural Center is on the left.
Via Rte. 28:
Old Main Street is one block west of the Bass River Bridge.
If eastbound, turn right at the lights before the bridge, at the Speedway gas station, Riverway Lobster House.
If westbound, turn left at the lights just past the bridge, at the Speedway.
The Cultural Center is one block down, on the left.
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. Employer Identification # 04-3553295. For more information about the Cultural Center, please visit www.GuideStar.com.