The Upstreet Cultural District, Pittsfield Cultural Council, the city of Pittsfield and the Massachusetts Cultural Council signed the agreement that seeks to align the city's cultural activities with its economic development and more deeply embed arts and culture in a way that betters the lives of the city's citizens.
The Massachusetts Cultural Commission on Tuesday added two new cultural districts to the state's creative economy map: North Adams and Arlington.
The two districts bring the number of cultural districts across the state to 43.
The creative forces in Pittsfield didn't have to work hard to convince the chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts that the arts can be a powerful force in community and economic restoration.
Jane Chu was, if anything, way ahead of them.