City of Pittsfield Signs onto Pittsfield Cultural Compact with Massachusetts Cultural Council

The City of Pittsfield, Upstreet Cultural District, Pittsfield Cultural Council (PCC), and the Massachusetts Cultural Council are pleased to announce a new and formal cultural relationship. On March 5, all three partners, while formerly working on cultural activities to boost the local economy through creative expression, signed a Cultural Compact, designed by the Mass Cultural Council, to increase collaboration and partnership.

Pittsfield is one of six pilot cities including Springfield, Harwich, Lynn, New Bedford and Worcester, for this initiative across the state of Massachusetts.

“This new Cultural Compact reaffirms Pittsfield’s role as a leader in creating and sustaining a vital cultural life for its residents and visitors,” said Anita Walker, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council. “We thank Mayor Tyer and all of our partners for working with us to create a confident new framework through which the Commonwealth can continue to invest in Pittsfield’s cultural life.”

The Cultural Compact is an agreement that commits municipalities, local cultural councils, and Cultural Districts to make the power of culture a transformative force throughout communities in Massachusetts, with support from the Council.

“We look forward to continuing to make culture a priority in Pittsfield,” says Mayor Tyer.  “This Compact brings artists and cultural agents to the table to inform and influence decisions that affect the cultural life of our city.” 

Pittsfield’s Compact will spotlight and support projects with local artists and the community-at large. The Compact includes basics, such as regular meetings and communication, but also Pittsfield-specific goals like connecting artists with developers to put arts and culture at the forefront of redevelopment projects. 

Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District was established in 2012 and was the first Mass Cultural Council designated cultural district west of Boston.  It is led by the Office of Cultural Development.  The cultural hub in downtown features more than 50 restaurants, cultural hotspots and unique shops.  Additionally, the district is home to a host of festivals, theatre, contemporary art, history, nightlife and more. 

With funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Pittsfield Cultural Council provides grants to help underwrite projects, programs, and events in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.  

For more information on the Pittsfield Cultural Compact, visit