Senator Lesser Welcomes $2 Million in Cultural Grants to Western Massachusetts

HOLYOKE — Senator Eric P. Lesser joined Senators Donald Humason, Jr., and Adam Hinds, and Representative Aaron Vega in Holyoke on Thursday for the Mass Cultural Council’s announcement of $2 million in new grants to Western Massachusetts. The announcement is part of the Council’s new vision and strategic plan, unveiled at

The Council awarded $12 million in new grants to nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, artists and communities across the state.

“Our culture and tourism sector is a vital component of our state’s economy, particularly in Western Mass. With a vibrant new attraction in the Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, and thousands of new tourists coming to the area thanks to MGM Springfield, we must continue to invest in our cultural economy. That investment pays dividends in more jobs and more tourism dollars in our local economy,” said Senator Lesser.

Senator Lesser was invited to deliver remarks at the grant announcement ceremony at the Holyoke Creative Arts Center.