Senator Eric P. Lesser hosted a walking tour this week of the Springfield Central Cultural District with Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The tour was part of a day-long visit to the region by Walker, with the aim of highlighting the growing arts and culture economy in Springfield.
“We know investment in the tourism, arts and culture industry pays multiple returns to the Commonwealth and to our communities,” Sen. Lesser said. “This week’s tour showed just how valuable Springfield is to Western Massachusetts and to the entire New England Region. When budgets are tight, it’s important to put money where there’s the greatest bang for our buck, and in Massachusetts, that means investing in tourism and the arts.”
“A good place to live is a good place to visit,” Walker said. “The clear vision and contagious enthusiasm I saw in Springfield this week is propelling this city forward. With the continued support of Sen. Lesser and the Legislature, we can accomplish great things for this community and the local economy.”
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of local communities.
The tour was led by Morgan Drewniany, Executive Director of the Springfield Central Cultural District. Stops included the Springfield Museums, Springfield City Library, New England Public Radio, MassMutual Center’s Art Gallery, the Community Music School of Springfield and Symphony Hall. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and members of the Springfield Cultural District Board also participated.
“I’m very grateful to Senator Lesser for his continued efforts to translate arts, culture and tourism initiatives into economic development opportunities, creating vibrancy and improving ‘quality of life’ aspects. He gets it! I’m also always glad to have Anita Walker here too – she’s been a great partner and proponent of the benefits that arts and culture can continue to bring to a city,” Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said.
The Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) covers a scenic walkable area located in and around Stearns Square. Its mission is to highlight Springfield’s many outstanding cultural offerings and provide creative opportunities for artists and the greater community.
Sen. Lesser serves as the Senate Chairman of the Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.