Arts and Culture Organizations

African Artists’ Community Development Project

Founded 2005

 The purpose of the African Artists’ Community Development Project is to counterbalance cultural harm due to AIDS/HIV in Zambia. We support local economies by purchasing crafts from Zambian artisans and selling them in the U.S. The proceeds of these sales are sent to children’s aid organizations (NGOs) in the same localities as the artists.

Contact Marsha Winsryg, President, at 508.693.4059 or

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Aquinnah Cultural Center, Inc. (ACC)
Founded 1997
The Aquinnah Cultural Center's mission is to preserve, educate and document the Aquinnah Wampanoag self-defined history, culture and contributions past, present and future.

Contact Berta Welch, President, at 508.645.9308 or
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The Drum Workshop, Inc.
Founded 1987
The Drum Workshop, Inc. provides ensemble drumming experiences and interactive performances to groups of people of all ages and levels of ability, from pre-school through elderly care, for people with and without disabilities, beginners and experienced players. Their goal is to nurture the spirit of community, enhance self-esteem, and increase cultural awareness.
Contact Rick Bausman, at 508.627.3786 or
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Featherstone Center for the Arts
Founded 1980
Featherstone Center for the Arts is a community arts center on Martha’ s Vineyard which provides excellent year-round arts programs for Vineyarders and visitors of all ages. Featherstone has become a destination providing inspiration, education and creative nourishment on our six acre campus which was once Featherstone Horse Farm.
Contact Ann Smith, Executive Director, at 508.693.1850 or
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Island Community Chorus, Inc.

Founded 1996

The mission of the Island Community Chorus is to encourage singing and musical enjoyment of choral music through the presentation of public concerts to the Island.
Contact Marilyn Wortman, President, at 508.696.9039.
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Island Theatre Workshop, Inc.
Founded 1968
Island Theatre Workshop is the oldest running theatre company on Martha's Vineyard, with programs and opportunities for children, teens and adults.
Contact Stephanie Burke or Kevin Ryan, Co-Presidents, at 508.693.2769.

Martha's Vineyard Art Association

Founded 1954

The Martha's Vineyard Art Association maintaina a place for the exhibition and sale of works of art created by artists living and working on Martha's Vineyard. It also teaches and encourage the teaching of art and promotes artistic activities. .

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Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society
Founded 1971
The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society presents quality, professional concerts and supports learning opportunities to promote the value of fine music on the island for new and existing generations of audiences.
Contact Rise Terney, General Manager, at 508.696.8055 or .
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Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council
Founded 1982
The mission of the Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Martha's Vineyard residents.
Contact Beth Kramer, Chair, at 508.693.3366 or
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Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
Founded March, 2000
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival produces community events that celebrate all genres of film and spark discussion, debate and action.
Contact Thomas Bena, Founder/Creative Director, at 508.645.9599 or
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Martha's Vineyard Film Society
Founded February, 2002
The Martha's Vineyard Film Society is a member-funded non-profit arts organization dedicated to screening the best in independent films, movie classics, documentaries, and world cinema for diverse audiences of all ages throughout the calendar year.
Contact Richard Paradise, Chair, at 508.696.9369 or
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Minnesingers' Parent Group
Founded 1983
The Minnesingers Parents Group (MPG) support the Minnesingers, a select choral group at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, by providing personnel to assist with the group's events and by raising funds for the purpose of sponsoring such events
Contact Carolyn Feltz, President, at 508.645.9092, or Ellie Bates, Grants Coordinator, at 508.627.9017 or
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MV Community Radio, Inc. (WVVY low power FM 93.7)

Founded December 2007

Martha's Vineyard Community Radio, Inc. is an innovative volunteer-run, listener-supported, non-profit, non-commercial FM radio station dedicated to serving the community of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. We provide a platform for unique locally produced creative programming that is reflective of the diverse talents, views and interests of our community. We hope to nurture and develop those talents while forging bridges between local individuals and organizations. Our goal is to give underrepresented segments of our community and the general public access to the airwaves. We strive to offer unlimited, high-caliber, eclectic, thought-provoking musical, cultural, educational and community affairs programming.

Contact Paul Munafo, Station Manager, at 508-693-9379 or

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Phyllis Vecchia Creative Drama
Founded 1996
Phyllis Vecchia Creative Drama develops and implements participatory theatre programs and dramatizations for individuals, groups, schools and community organizations to build self-esteem, increase motivation, challenge personal limitations, develop a sense of pride and belonging to the community and encourage an appreciation of the differences in people and cultures.
Contact Phyllis Vecchia, Presidentat 508.696.8738 or

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The U.S. Slave Song Project Inc.

Founded 2007

The U.S. Slave Song Project promotes personal and inter-group understanding of US Slave Songs, their history and meaning through a variety programs including a spirituals choir, lectures and musical presentations.

Contact Jim Thomas, President, at 703.407.1207  or

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Vineyard Arts Project

The mission of the Vineyard Arts Project is to foster, develop, and promote the live arts as experiences central to education and the community of Martha's Vineyard.  Vineyard Arts Project seeks to pursue the highest caliber of creative development in dance, theatre, opera, and music through professional artist residencies and student training programs, focusing on creating innovative work and educating the next generation of professional artists.

Contact Ashley Elizabeth Melone, Founder & Executive Director, at 508-413-2104  or

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Vineyard Bellydance and Revue, Inc.
Founded 1997
Vineyard Bellydance and Revue wishes to give people an opportunity to dance and play percussion instruments, such as tamborines, maracas and drums.  They provide entertainment.
Contact Patricia Szucs, Treasurer, at 508.693.4308 or
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Vineyard Haven Band, Inc.

Founded 1868

One of this musical island's oldest organizations, the Vineyard Haven Band provides band entertainment to the island community and provides the opportunity for musical expression to musicians of all ages.

Contact Jerry Muskin, Band Member,  at 508.645.2434, 203.483.6450 or

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The Vineyard Playhouse
Founded 1982
The Vineyard Playhouse is a professional, non-profit working theater dedicated to inspiring, enriching and entertaining our diverse island community.
Contact MJ Bruder Munafo, Artistic Director, at 508.693.6450 ext. 13 or
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Vineyard Sinfonietta, Inc.
Founded 1940s
This organization provides opportunities and encouragement to local performing musicians, both amateur and professional, young and old, and of varying abilities, to gather for the enjoyment of making music together and performing for the pleasure of the audiences of Martha's Vineyard Island.
Contact Heidi Schultz, President/Treasurer, at 508.693.9417 or
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The Vineyard Voice, Inc.

Founded March, 2009

The Vineyard Voice uses the web to teach kids, to help people share ideas and art and to build social and economic vitality through a community-focused online magazine.

Contact Patrick Phillips, Executive Director, at 508-560-2762 or

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The Yard, Inc.
Founded June, 1973
Originally founded as a dance artists' colony in 1973 by choreographer Patricia Nanon, The Yard's mission is to promote creation and experimentation in the contemporary performing arts, with a special emphasis on dance and related forms; and to support artists and art-making through creative residency, public performance and sustained community engagement.
Contact David R. White, Artistic and Creative Director, at 508.645.9662 or
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