Cultural Affairs

204 Sisson Road, Harwich MA

Harwich Cultural Center

The Harwich Department of Cultural Affairs administers and supports creative and cultural programming throughout the Town of Harwich. Alongside community collaborators, the municipal department operates as a presence for equal access to arts and culture.

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to administer the cultural development agenda and support equal access to arts and culture throughout the town and to execute programs and events that support department goals. With the pending designation of two cultural districts, the Department of Cultural Affairs is working to network with groups, businesses, community partners, and creatives to put together the arts and cultural resources that the community has to offer. 


  • Build the creative vitality of the downtown core and neighborhoods by working to develop a cultural district designation
  • Support and produce public art in all aspects of the town
  • Connect entrepreneurs, businesses, and property owners with cultural assets within the community
  • Marketing Harwich's creative assets to the region and beyond


  • Promotion of creative design through renting affordable studio space at The 204
  • Rental space availability at The 204 for community partners, organizations, and others to use for cultural programming needs. 
  • Promotion of cultural programs and events within the Town of Harwich in all seven villages
  • Attract new residents and visitors through the promotion of cultural offerings and activities within the proposed districts
  • Engagement in planning initiatives to produce and support creative economic development
  • Provide networking and collaborative support for all artists, creators, and makers within the Town of Harwich through events and related workshops


The 204

Through creative place-making, the 204 formerly known as the Harwich Cultural Center provides a valuable “launch space” where individuals can express their artistic and creative gifts with the local community. Furthermore, it allows for these creatives to contribute to our Cape Cod economic growth and cultural assets. The 204 also offers a variety of rental options available for individuals, organizations, groups, and community members to rent for their programming needs. From a 220 seat auditorium to a full-size gymnasium there are many options that are available at an affordable rate. Tours can be booked by appointment. For rental options contact Kara Mewhinney, Director of Cultural Affairs to learn more. 

Artist Studios at The 204 is currently rented to capacity, but we are accepting applications from artists, creatives, makers, and writers seeking affordable studio space, for our waitlist. Restrictions apply.

For more information call (774) 212-3482 (email) 

To complete a Waitlist application click here


Seaside Marketplace Now Accepting Applications for 2023

Seaside Marketplace

Located at the Municipal Marina at the Saquatucket Harbor the Seaside Marketplace is home to four Artisan & Creatives Shacks. Throughout past years we have worked with many wonderful vendors to deliver a place for you to shop locally and be a part of the creative community. While at the Harbor you can not only enjoy our shacks but grab a quick bite to eat while taking in the ocean view. Join us throughout the summer from the last week of June through Labor Day to explore a variety of vendors. From local artists, and photographers, to crafters and everything in between our Seaside Marketplace is not something to miss!

We are currently accepting interest for our 2023 season! We hope that you will join us for a Summer at the Shacks! Interested? Email Kara at 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Kara Mewhinney Director of Cultural Affairs 774-212-3482