Lively Arts Scene Draws Visitors & Residents

When Mickey Love arrived in Cambridge in 2007 to run the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA), she saw firsthand how the beauty of the environment inspired people to create amazing art. As she rolled up her sleeves to join the board and staff to plan DCA’s expansion and relocation to the historic Nathan building, she quickly discovered that the arts would be a key player in growing Dorchester County’s creative economy. “I used to say when I first moved here that you couldn’t throw a rock in Dorchester without hitting an artist,” she laughs, adding, “The arts have quietly and quickly become an economic and employment force in the county, creating artistic enterprises, supporting restaurants and retailers, and attracting tourists.” Since August 2008, the landmark Art Deco Building at 321 High Street has been home to the Dorchester Center for the Arts. With approximately 500 members, a world-class artisans’ shop, more than 100 classes and workshops, a dozen performances, and over 5,000 visitors each year, it is the anchor of the county’s arts industry. The 14,000-square-foot former Nathan’s Furniture Store was renovated in two stages. The recently completed second-floor performance and rental space will increase visitors and visibility. Love …

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Water Moves Us to Paint Perfect Pictures

Arts advocate Mickey Love believes the county’s unsurpassed natural beauty and growing creative class inspires and nurtures artists in ways few places can. As Executive Director of the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA), Love has been a driving force overseeing the expansion and relocation of this popular attraction. Along with galleries, performance venues, special events and public art, the DCA is an anchor tenant in Cambridge’s Arts & Entertainment District. Love is fond of saying; you can’t “throw a rock in Dorchester without hitting the arts.” She points to the caboose next to the train station that houses Powell Realtors, now a canvas for renowned Church Creek muralist Michael Rosato. The latest public art project beautifully illustrates her point, as Chesapeake’s iconic landscape comes to life on Cambridge Creek. Visit the DCA, and discover how water can move you to paint a masterpiece.

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