Friday, July 29, 2005

Historical-Cultural Tourism

Massachusetts museums, theaters, and historical sites would get between $25 million and $29 million in state money this year under a measure House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi unveiled yesterday at the State House.

The new Cultural Facilities Fund, part of a $296 million economic stimulus package DiMasi is proposing for fiscal 2006, would be among the first of its kind in the nation. Aimed at enriching the lives of Massachusetts residents, the fund is also supposed to bolster the state's economy by shoring up attractions that bring tourists and their dollars to the Bay State.

''Arts and culture is not a frill, but a valuable asset for our economy," said Dan Hunter, director of Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, & Humanities. ''Tourism is the second-largest industry in the state. This bill invests in the infrastructure of tourism, because nobody comes here for the weather; they come here for the culture, the museums, the performances, and the theaters."

Scott S. Greenberger "$296 Million Stimulus Plan Proposed: House Bill has a fund for culture" Boston Globe July 29, 2005

Chinese Pavilion of Zolochiv Palace (Berm Fortified), Lviv Region,
Western Ukraine. Used as a political prison under the Nazis
and the Soviets. Restored as small art museum, 2004.
Photo Credit: Vladyslav Tsarynnyk


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