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New England News
12:24 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Exhibit On Art Deception Debuts In Springfield

Elmyr de Hory's forged Matisse, " Odalisque" is one of the paintings on display in the exhibit on deception in the art world.
Credit Springfield Museums

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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New England News
12:20 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Massachusetts Cultural District Launched

Students from the Community Music School in Springfield,MA perform at the official launch of the new cultural district
Credit WAMC

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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New England News
12:46 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Massachusetts Designates New Cultural District In Springfield

Springfield Symphony Hall is part of a newly state-designated cultural district
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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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New England News
12:37 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Springfield City Council Endorses Cultural District

Springfield Symphony Hall
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Williamstown To Apply For Cultural Designation

A view of Main Street in Williamstown
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

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.

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