To the editor of THE EAGLE:

The Sunday, May 18, profile of Megan Whilden's significant contributions as cultural development director of Pittsfield beautifully detailed how arts and culture impact a community through jobs, quality of life and ancillary economic development.

Megan's tenure in Pittsfield overlapped with a growing understanding that arts and culture are at the heart of the larger Berkshires' creative economy made up of creative industries, businesses, organizations and individuals through-
out the county. She was a founding member and will continue her valuable service on the board of Berkshire Crea-
tive, as well as 1Berkshire, the economic development alliance binding the Berkshire Visitors Bureau, Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, and Berkshire Creative.

Through her community lead-
ership, she has been a knowledgeable advocate for public policy and funds to support the creative economy while helping develop programs to serve the various enterprises comprising the sector. She has pursued her accomplishments with a joyfulness that can only come from loving her work.

On behalf of the people who benefit from the Berkshires' creative economy, we congratulate her on her achievements and look forward to her continued service!

VAN SHIELDS

Pittsfield

The writer is board president Berkshire Creative, board member of 1Berkshire, and executive director of the Berkshire Museum.