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“The House vote today to cut funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council is deeply disappointing. The creative community is a critical partner in building a vibrant, healthy, and equitable Massachusetts. It makes vital contributions to the economic development of neighborhoods and downtowns around the state, particularly in Gateway Cities. Nonprofit...
“Over the last four years, lawmakers have recognized the tremendous value of arts and culture in the Commonwealth by providing steady increased investment in the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which makes grants to arts institutions and local cultural councils across the state. Today’s recommendation by the House Ways and Means Committee...
When the economy tanked in 2008, working artist Tracy Silva Barbosa moved back to her native New Bedford from Brooklyn to save on expenses. It was a difficult move. Silva Barbosa, whose intricately layered paintings explore the intersection between nature and urban life, thrived on the pre-crash New York City...
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The Drama Studio is one of a handful of youth theatres in the United States that offers quality, range, and depth in its acting training programs. For Springfield-area youth, the Studio's conservatory program offers an unusual opportunity for training that prepares its graduates (all of whom are college bound) to...