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The Massachusetts Cultural Council is the latest group to urge the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield to halt its planned sale of art. 

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council approved two different budgets at its August meeting Tuesday in North Adams: a flat-funded $15.7 million plan, and another including $2 million in cuts favored by Republican Governor Charlie Baker. The council is optimistic funds could be reallocated after the legislature’s summer recess.

Artist Stacey Healey paints a utility box on North Street in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has released what it calls a first-of-its-kind working paper on how to leverage funding to increase access to arts education in rural communities.

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington has received a $65,000 state cultural grant for upgrades.

This is a rendering of wayfaring signs North Adams unveiled in October 2015.
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Home to MASS MoCA and a number of studios and galleries, the city of North Adams is one step closer to securing a cultural district designation for its downtown.


   A new initiative called Futurecity Massachusetts looks to put culture and the arts at the core of economic development and revitalization projects.  The state’s three largest cities are the initial participants in the venture. 

   The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Foundation have hired consultant Mark Davy’s London-based Futurecity to come up with unique strategies for Boston, Worcester, and Springfield to use cultural assets, not just as passive attractions, but to drive job growth.

This is a rendering of wayfaring signs North Adams unveiled in October 2015.
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Home to MASS MoCA and a number of studios and galleries, the city of North Adams is seeking a cultural district designation for its downtown.

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.