To foster engagement in arts and culture and increase the visibility and vitality of Lowell’s creative community.
To make Lowell a globally recognized center for creative activity.
COOL has played a significant role in the city by providing educational programs and services that support the growth and capacity of the city's network of museums, galleries, performing arts organizations and local artists. COOL also has a rich history of producing arts and heritage events for its residents as well as the 200,000+ tourists who visit Lowell annually. These events include Discover Lowell, "Buy Art. Buy Lowell" and the much lauded Cambodian Opera.
Additionally, the Cultural Organization of Lowell is a 501(3)(c) tax-exempt corporation, previously affiliated with the Office of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (CASE). The COOL Board is composed of trustees who represent a broad cross-section of the city and who are responsible for the fiduciary activity and adherence to the bylaws of COOL.
The Office of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (CASE) is the official arts and events agency for the City of Lowell, MA. Established by City ordinance in May 2008, CASE's mission is to help create a high quality cultural environment that offers appealing experiences to the city’s diverse population, stimulate economic development in the City and encourage people to participate in the culture of the community. As both a service and presenting organization, CASE accomplishes this mission by planning yearly community events including the 4th of July celebration, Downtown Trick or Treating in partnership with Monster Bash, City of Lights, Winterfest and the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast. In addition, the office of CASE provides logistical support for major events like the Lowell Folk Festival, the Bay State Marathon and the Southeast Asian Water Festival. For smaller community events, the office of CASE can provide assistance with the public event permitting process. Working together, COOL and CASE created the Guide To Permitting for Festivals and Special Events, to make the process of navigating City services easier.
CASE also works to promote Lowell as a film making destination and can aid with site selection and coordination of City services.
The Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL)
70 Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852