Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard has a new renovated space
Also on the property, Featherstone houses an outdoor stage which has hosted musical and dance performances as well as poetry readings. These popular events had to be postponed for construction, but are anticipated to return to the Center in some form. Events such as the “Potter’s Bowl,” an event focusing on the Island’s ceramics artists, and Columbus Day Weekend’s “The Art of Chocolate,” are examples of how Featherstone brings the Vineyard community together to support creativity, community and the Center itself.
Due to the Center’s proximity to preserved conservation land for the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank, Featherstone’s outdoor campus space is a popular choice for picnicking, hiking and other outdoor family activities. “We have a beautiful, lush campus,” says Smith. “If you drive up the hill you really enter this peaceful pastoral environment. It’s just really a lovely place to hang out, as well as see art, as well as make art, as well as to be creative.”
The recent expansion has amplified Featherstone’s ability to serve families of all ages. Featherstone offers classes and summer art camp for children starting at just three years old. “We are the hub of creativity for all generations,” says Smith. “This is a place where the love of learning continues no matter what the age.” Children ages 13 and older have full access to any of Featherstone’s adult classes, in addition to the Center’s “Toddler and Up” children’s programs.
Featherstone’s truly impactful renovation has enhanced their ability to live out their commitment to Martha’s Vineyard. “Our purpose is ‘creating community through the arts,’ and I think we live that and model that every day,” says Smith. “Our mission is to engage and enrich and connect our community through the power of art and creativity, and I think we just do that so well.”
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