Neal Announces $348K in NEA Funding for Local Cultural Programs

"It is the No. 1 industry in Berkshire County. We need to continue to feed the beast, we need to continue to grow that industry."

That's what makes the gift Congressman Richard Neal came bearing on Thursday significant, he said: some $348,000 in National Endowment for the Arts funding.

"I've never seen an industry anywhere in Massachusetts in my 16 years that makes a dollar worth $10," Pignatelli said. "Would you make that investment today? ... That's what the cultural economy does."

The celebration of that announcement brought out cultural leaders from venues across the county to hear from the region's U.S. representative and Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker. 

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Brian Muldoon