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Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development Holds 5th Listening Tour Stop in the Berkshires
September 30, 2011

BOSTON Senator Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) and Representative Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown), chairs of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, will be conducting a listening tour in the Berkshires on Monday, October 3rd. This will mark the committee’s fifth stop in the past few months, having previously visited Provincetown, Sturbridge, Lowell, and Gloucester.
The committee will listen to testimony from various individuals and groups from the Berkshires in the fields of tourism, arts and culture. The day will begin with a hearing at the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute Auditorium from 10:00 am. to 11:30 am. The committee will continue their day with a tour of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams and an update on the Topia Arts Center and Greylock Glen projects in Adams.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to visit the Berkshires and learn about the valuable cultural institutions they contribute to the Commonwealth’s tourism industry,” said Senator Donoghue. “I can’t think of a better time of year to visit the Berkshires and I believe the committee will benefit from hearing from the people who work in this important sector.”
"I love the Berkshires and have visited many times as a tourist,” said Representative Peake. “Now, I'm looking forward to visiting in my official capacity to better understand how we can support the Berkshire's many world-class arts and cultural organizations."
“I am thrilled to welcome my colleagues to the Berkshires next week,” said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield).  “Our region has long been recognized for its many world renowned cultural attractions.  Highlighting such gems as the Clark Art, Mass MoCA, the Topia Arts Center, our plans for the Greylock Glen, and the ongoing revitalization of downtown North Adams to Committee members charged with reviewing and advocating for strong cultural development policies will help us promote the strength and diversity of our cultural economy in the State House.”  Downing serves as the Senate Vice-chair of the Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.
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