MEMBER RESOURCES For PartnersThe Massachusetts Cultural Council promotes Massachusetts destinations by officially recognizing districts of arts and culture. We are excited that Downtown Great Barrington has received a Cultural District designation. This will help us market the unique offerings in our town and draw visitors to our area to shop, dine, and attend events. The more folks walking our streets, the more our businesses thrive! 

With the use of social media and other tools, Cultural District Partners can take advantage of a cross promotional machine worth thousands in advertising to each business but FREE to participate in. The Cultural District Steering Committee has created a promotional plan with some fun and simple tools to promote your event and/or business. Using these tools, we can create the buzz needed to make the cultural district designation effective and reap the rewards of increased traffic to downtown GB and surrounding areas.

Here are tools you can use to take advantage of this promotional opportunity:   

Post the Great Barrington Cultural District Sticker in your window. It is a great talking point and a chance to tell your customers where to find information about the district.  

Post the Great Barrington Cultural District badge on your website and link it to our Cultural District site at: Your business will be listed in return and we will all benefit from these reciprocal links. Click here to download badge.

Tag your posts @greatbarringtonculturaldistrict and use these hashtags: #shopgreatbarrington #dinegreatbarrington #culturalgreatbarrington. The GB Cultural District account will re-post your tagged posts and we would like people to start following #culturalgreatbarrington 

Create Facebook events for your sales, classes, performances, and events and co-host the Great Barrington Cultural District on those events. (Co-hosting means that your event will show up on the CulturalDistrict Facebook Page, reaching that audience as well as your own followers or simply tag the Downtown Great Barrington Cultural District in your event postings, and we’ll share with our audience!

Tag your posts @gculturalgreat and use these hashtags: #shopgreatbarrington #dinegreatbarrington #culturalgreatbarrington. The GB Cultural District account will re-tweet your tagged posts and we would like people to start following #culturalgreatbarrington 
Participate in ArtWeek May 1-10, 2020. This statewide festival featured 30 Berkshire-based events last year, and we’re looking to grow! There is no cost to participate, and you can either create a brand-new event or submit something you already have planned.  [Click here for more info on Artweek]


Cultural District events can be found here on our Facebook page: is a resource available for free to all Massachusetts businesses. The Mass Office of Travel and Tourism’s site allows you to register and begin posting to this site with a global reach! 

We look forward to working with you to increase the visibility of Great Barrington as a destination for both visitors and new residents. If you have questions or need help with any of these promotional tools, please contact us at If you are able to be an ambassador for the District, we have volunteer tasks we would love help with. Please email us for more information.  

Cultural district steering committee

Karin Watkins, co-chair
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Ed Abrahams, co-chair
Great Barrington Selectboard Member

Betsy Andrus
Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce

Great Barrington Farmers Market

20 Railroad Public House

Tate coleman
Great Barrington Cultural Council

Jeff Gagnon
(Community Access for the Arts)
Program Manager

robin helfand
Robin's Candy

Kris Kanter
GB Arts Market

Seth KeyEs
Saint James Place

Talya Leodari
Mason Library

Chris Rembold
Great Barrington Assistant Town Manager

Barbara Watkins
Evergreen Crafts