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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently signed an economic development bill that included a slew of initiatives aimed at promoting growth in various sectors. But the Democrat, a noted arts supporter, vetoed a tax credit aimed at bringing pre-Broadway theater to the commonwealth’s stages.

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was in Pittsfield this morning to laud the state’s investments in cultural attractions.

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.

Forty-five artists and cultural organizations in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have been awarded funding from the local cultural council.

More than $19,000 will support concerts, art exhibits, theatre and more in the coming year. Kimberly Rawson is a volunteer member of the Pittsfield Cultural Council.

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Governor Deval Patrick made stops in western Massachusetts today announcing investments in cultural facilities.

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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.