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Already considered so by many, Williamstown, Massachusetts is looking to be officially designated as a cultural destination.

Home to The Clark Art Institute, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Williams College Museum of Art and other attractions, the northern Berkshire town is not home to one of the 19 officially designated cultural districts in the commonwealth. Fran Lapidus set out to change this.

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There are forgeries hanging in an art museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. But before anyone calls the cops, you should know the paintings are part of an unusual exhibit highlighting the multimillion dollar industry of fake art.

As long as art has existed there has been art forgery.  As long as there is a big money art market there will be attempts to fool dealers and collectors.  Modern science is making it harder to pull the wool over the eyes of museum directors and art historians.

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A new Massachusetts cultural district has been launched in Springfield.  Advocates for the district believe it will help boost tourism, promote more art and music programs, and preserve historic buildings.

The “Springfield Central Cultural District” is an area of the city’s downtown that is home to museums, live performance venues, art galleries and historic buildings.  It is the 19th cultural district recognized by the state – a designation not easy to come by, according to Anita Walker, executive director of the state cultural council.

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council has approved the creation of a cultural district in Springfield. Advocates for the district believe it will help rebrand downtown Springfield.

The cultural district designation will help promote attractions such as the Springfield Museums and Symphony Hall and encourage the growth of art and music festivals and the so-called creative economy. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said there are huge benefits to having an official state-recognized cultural district in the heart of the city.

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Pittsfield has one. So do Easthampton, Shelburne, and a half-dozen more communities across Massachusetts. Now the largest city in western Massachusetts wants to create a state-designated cultural district.

The Springfield City Council voted unanimously this week to authorize the proponents of a downtown cultural district to apply for an official designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The goals of the district are to attract artists and cultural economy entrepreneurs to generate business and jobs and promote tourism.

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The selectboard of Williamstown recently voted to allow the town to pursue a Cultural District Designation from the state of Massachusetts designed to promote economic development through the arts.

On Wednesday evening, the Williamstown selectboard gave the go-ahead for town residents to seek out a Cultural District Designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The designation is not a monetary award but includes signage and serves as a badge of honor in recognition of community efforts to promote the arts and humanities.