The District: Resources & Opportunities


Art Galleries, Performing and Literary Arts, Maritime Heritage, Historical Sites and more are just some of the wonderful resources available in this seaside village.  The Orleans Village Center Cultural District is a walkable area with quaint shops and galleries, restaurants and museums, boat landings and vistas to stimulate and delight one's senses.  

In the "Mapping It" section which follows you will find several categories highlighting many of the resources and opportunities available.

Take a stroll down Main Street to the Snow Library where you will find not only access to the library's own volumes, but also the CLAMS system of borrowing books across the Cape. Children's programs, art exhibits, musical events, and more are part of their schedule of offerings, along with courses in Lifelong Learning. Named for the Snow Family which originally resided in the Orleans Waterfront Inn on the Town Cove by the Windmill, the Snow Library trumps the opportunities available for residents and visitors alike.  

I love visiting the Snow Library in Orleans. I always find something unexpected, perhaps a talk
by an artist in the Marion Craine Room, or a free concert outdoors
on the lawn by the Village Green. There's something for everyone at the Snow Library."  
                                                                                                                                                   —  Adam Thomas


Town of Orleans

Orleans Chamber of Commerce

Orleans Historic Markers

Orleans Historical Society

To link to a myriad of resources available in Orleans, visit the Town of Orleans website at and the website of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce at www.orleanscapecod. org.  To learn more about Orleans art galleries, click here.

The Orleans Cultural Council is appointed by the Board of Selectmen in Orleans to administer grant funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through their local cultural councils initiative.

The following is excerpted from the Massachusetts Cultural Council website:

The Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually.

The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen.

Administered by 2,400 municipally appointed volunteers, the LCC network consists of 329 councils serving all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. Each year, local councils award more than $3 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide. These include school field trips, afterschool programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film. LCC projects take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls, parks, and wherever communities come together.

Individuals, schools, and cultural organizations are eligible to apply for project support from their local council. Funding for cultural field trips is also available. Applicants should contact their LCC before completing an application. Exemplary LCC projects are eligible to be further recognized by the Gold Star Program.

Please note: grants from LCCs are reimbursement-based. (The applicant expends their own money, and if approved for a grant, then submits paperwork for reimbursement.) 

The Orleans Cultural Council maintains a mailbox at the Orleans Town Hall.