MONSON – Monson, the town of about 650 people, has a lot of art history hidden within it.
A local artist said many artists throughout the years have come to the area for it’s beauty and small town charm.
“It’s a rich area for artists to come and discover and to work with,” said Alan Bray, of the Monson Arts Board.
A couple years ago the Libra Foundation began buying and renovating many buildings in Monson.
The philanthropic organization did it to build an arts community and fix local businesses.
This summer, 10 people in the pilot artists residency program will live in newly renovated houses for a month.
To expand the arts program, Libra is creating art workshops and educational programs in local schools.
“That’s a wonderful thing, people come from all over the country and all over the word to be in Monson for a month and to work on their projects,” said Bray.
Town officials said because of the changes they’ve seen Monson grow as a town over the years.
“The Libra Foundation themselves, they are creating a lot of like businesses in town, but because of all the growth, people outside of that are now coming to ask us for space for like their small business,” said Daniel Swain, the Monson Town Manager.
Officials said the restorations are helping Monson create a name for itself and bring the arts back to their town.
“I think it’s going to be a very exciting evolution, this is very early stages creating this residency program but we’ve already had artists coming from all over the world,” Bray said.