Arts & Culture


Since its founding 200 years ago, the Town of Manchester has understood the necessity of art and culture for creating and maintaining a vibrant community and sustainable economic infrastructure. Manchester’s downtown and surrounding areas are so abundant with arts and cultural assets, facilities, businesses, and organizations, that we have outlined two distinct yet overlapping boundaries. The North/South walking path travels along Main Street, which includes part of the Downtown Special Services District and an area designated as an Opportunity Zone. The East/West route passes through the Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District.

We encourage you to explore this page to access the many arts & cultural resources Manchester has to offer.

CT Office of the Arts Designates Manchester as a "Cultural District"

Cultural District Map

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Town Resources 




Manchester Art Commission

Better Manchester- Perspective in Righting

Town Projects & Plans

942 Main Street Open Bid for Development

Downtown Manchester Improvements  

Downtown Workshop Summaries & Trail Connectivity Plan 

Manchester NEXT 

Our Library, Our Future 

Live Green Love Manchester - Sustainable Manchester 

Trails & Connectivity 

Repurposing Schools  

Municipal Commissions, Committees, and Organizations

Cheney Hall Foundation 

Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District Commission

Conservation Commission

Downtown Manchester Special Services District

Economic Development Commission

Land Acquisition and Historic Property Investment Committee

Library Advisory Board

Planning and Zoning Commission

Youth Commission

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