Elected officials created the first Cultural Caucus in the Massachusetts Legislature today to advance an agenda to harness the assets of Massachusetts’ $4 billion cultural sector and help the state’s economy recover from recession.
The Cultural Caucus drew more than a dozen Senators and Representatives from every region of the Commonwealth, who voted to elect Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz of Boston and Rep. Smitty Pignatelli of Lenox as Co-Chairs, at the State House. Chang-Díaz already serves as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development; Pignatelli is a member of the Committee. Rep. John Keenan of Salem, the Joint Committee’s House Chair, organized the Caucus. See a short video of the Caucus here.
“The arts, humanities, and sciences are central to our economic vitality in Massachusetts,” said Chang-Díaz, who is also a member of the Joint Committee on Education. “They also contribute significantly to the quality of our schools and the life of our communities. The Cultural Caucus will give us a chance to broaden and deepen support for this vital sector in the Legislature as we face continued budget challenges in the year ahead.”
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Mass Legislature Forms Cultural Caucus
From a press release from the Mass Cultural Council: