Gloucester is no longer a just a vacation destination to watch fishermen casting their nets, or sunning on the heavenly white sands of Good Harbor Beach, or taking a whale watch cruise to see whales along Shellwagen Bank. Now, through the combined efforts of many Cape Ann artists and art organizations, Gloucester is on its way to making a name for itself as a prominent center for the arts.
The city was named a popular arts destination in an article published in the summer edition of AmericanStyle magazine. Gloucester was ranked third in the small-city category with cities a population below 100,000, just behind Asheville, N.C., and Santa Fe, respectively.
The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS) is a coalition of individuals and organizations passionate about art and all working together to improve the economic base for the arts and the larger Cape Ann community. Cape Ann, which consists of the City of Gloucester, and the Towns of Essex, Manchester and Rockport, Massachusetts, has inspired and nurtured artists from Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper to poets Charles Olson and Vincent Ferrini and many more. Every year, artists come to Cape Ann from all over the world to create and study. The visual and performing arts and a deep connection to the area’s rich history and natural beauty all flourish here, offering enrichment to residents and visitors alike. The thriving arts community includes 2,000 working artists: painters; sculptors; photographers; graphic, media and design artists; writers, craftsmen, musicians, dancers, actors, and filmmakers.