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The Cape is a great place to be an artist

20 Nov 2012 5:24 PM
The Cape is a great place to be an artist

Cape Cod is known for its abundance of artists and creative residents. In fact, playwrights Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill as well as painters Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock have all called the peninsula home at one point or another. Perhaps it is the beautiful seascapes dotted with iconic Cape Cod houses or the private nature of the region that makes it such a successful incubator of artistic talent.

Whatever the reason, the Cape does its part to prolong this tradition. Many events throughout the year are aimed at promoting and fostering a dedicated creative community. Locals who have an artistic streak often find that this close-knit community is the perfect place to hone their talents.

One example of this devotion to the arts is the Cape Cod Arts Foundation, which recently awarded 25 grants to various groups and residents. All told, the foundation gave a total of $122,000 in grants to encourage artistic enterprises across the region. The number of awards, which was greater than in previous years, indicates that the local art scene is as vibrant as ever.

"These were bold and really creative programs and the thought and sensitivity will be recognized," Geoffrey Smith, an artist and foundation board member, told Wicked Local.

Whether you're an experienced artist or looking to learn the craft, few communities are more suited to the task than Cape Cod.