1. Jazz & Roots Festival Brings People, Energy to Springfield

    Evan Plotkin has always been a firm believer in the arts as an economic-development strategy and vehicle for “changing the conversation about Springfield,” as he likes to say. And this belief has manifested itself in a number of ways, from the manner in which he has turned 1350 Main St. (the downtown Springfield office building he co-owns) into a type of art gallery to the sculptures he has helped bring to the central business district, to his long-time support of the Springfield Museums and other institutions.

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    1. We're putting a light on Springfield that is very positive.
    2. I think he really believed in the healing power of music and its ability to bring people together as one people.
    3. I love the fact that people are so animated and excited about the music.
    4. I think this festival coming off of the mural festival is going to push us forward in terms of really positive impressions that people will have about the city.
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