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We believe in the power of culture.

Working through the arts, humanities, and sciences, culture is a dynamic force for enriching communities, growing the economy, fostering diversity and inclusion, and igniting creativity. Culture is intrinsically valuable and unique in its ability to lift the human spirit. We seek a Commonwealth where:


Culture embraces everyone.

Culture is inclusive and welcoming to all – as creators, participants, or audiences. It breaks down barriers, whether physical, socioeconomic, or educational. Our Universal Participation Initiative employs the principles of universal design to help nonprofit organizations serve persons of all abilities, expanding access to all the arts, humanities, and sciences have to offer.

258

thousand

free or discounted admissions given by 140+ cultural organizations in the EBT Card to Culture program to Mass residents of limited means1.

200

festivals

were funded by the Council last year, providing 455,761 attendees free or low-cost experiences across the Commonwealth2.

Culture enriches community.

Culture elevates the quality of life and well-being of communities across Massachusetts. More than 2,500 volunteers serve on 329 Local Cultural Councils, the most extensive, grass-roots cultural funding network in America. We also support Cultural Districts, Festivals and other initiatives that make culture a common experience for children and adults across the state, empowering artists and cultural organizations as they bring meaning and purpose to our lives.

Featured programs

75

percent

of Massachusetts residents participate in at least one cultural event each month, higher than the national average3.

48

Thousand +

our cultural organizations offer more than 48,600 public events each year, an average of 133 a day4.

46

Cultural Districts

consisting of more than 800 partnering organizations – have been designated in Massachusetts, more than any other state in the country.

3

million dollars

Each year, local councils award over $3 million in grants to more than 6,000 cultural programs statewide.

Culture drives growth and opportunity.

Culture is a major contributor to economic growth and opportunity in Massachusetts. Programs like the Cultural Investment Portfolio and Cultural Facilities Fund fuel this sector with grants and services that help our nonprofits grow, thrive, and better serve their public. Our Cultural District and Cultural Compacts foster local partnerships between artists, nonprofits, businesses, and municipalities, putting culture at the center of community development.

2.3

billion dollars

of economic impact for Massachusetts 5

73

thousand

Our cultural nonprofits support more than 73,000 full-time-equivalent jobs6.

Culture empowers a new creative generation.

Culture plays a central role in the lives of young people as they learn, grow, and shape their world. We are national leaders in the growing creative youth development movement, with programs like YouthReach, Amplify, and SerHacer. STARS Residencies and Big Yellow School Bus reaffirm our decades-long commitment to education with funds for schools for field trips and partnerships with teaching artists and cultural organizations to enliven classrooms through creative learning.

100

thousand +

102,403 children are engaged with creative youth development and education by Mass Cultural Council grantees7.

84

percent

of creative youth development participants plan for post-secondary education8.

6

thousand +

youth empowered through creative youth development programs we support. 9