mc_cms_greenSq.jpg Arts & cultural leaders make their case to Senate Ways & Means


Daily News Staff Photo / Art Illman 


On March 13th, more than 50 leaders and supporters of the MetroWest arts, cultural, and creative community met at The Center for the Arts in Natick to encourage Senator Karen Spilka to take leadership on key issues being debated on Beacon Hill.

Spilka, a longtime supporter of the arts since her days on the Ashland School Committee, was recently appointed as the Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, which helps to craft the spending budget for the state.

Jean Mineo from Medfield encouraged the Senator to support a $3 million increase in the state’s investment in the creative community by boosting the budget of the Massachusetts Cultural Council to $15 million. Mineo talked about the vibrancy in Medfield that comes from the public investment in arts and culture.

Kelly Grill, Executive Director of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, talked about the expansion of the Center and the new programs that it would bring to the region. The new Center is partially funded by a grant from the Cultural Facilities Fund which has invested $15 million in projects from across the state. Grill encouraged Senator Spilka to sign on to a letter to encourage Governor Baker to level fund the Cultural Facilities Fund at $15 million for FY16.

The event was hosted by local arts leader Jon Saxton and by David LavalleyDirector of The Center for the Arts in Natick. See an article about the meeting in the MetroWest Daily.

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