MetroWest Daily News
Eldridge, Jordan: Fine culture, free on Fridays
Here in MetroWest, the presence of our many local museums, gardens, historic homes and science and performing arts centers fosters an environment that is vibrant and dynamic. Clearly, area institutions - large and small - enrich the lives of our citizens in ways that are real, measurable and long-lasting.
Research confirms what many of us have long believed, that the cultural community is a vital economic engine which contributes significantly to the commonwealth’s bottom line. According to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the impact of state’s 8,000 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations is considerable, with annual spending reaching almost $5 billion in support of local businesses. From art museums to zoos, cultural institutions attract visitors, tourists and “staycationers” alike who rent cars or ride in cabs, stay in hotels, dine in restaurants and shop till they drop...