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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 an essential resource for the health and economic well-being of the Commonwealth. 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, societal, or educational. We achieve this by providing resources to creatives and artists to equitably advance creative expression throughout our diverse communities and creating initiatives like Card to Culture that help cultural organizations become more accessible and inclusive.



free or discounted admissions given at 400+ cultural destinations to low-income Massachusetts residents through the Card to Culture program1.



artists and creatives received Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals, totaling $20M. 98% of whom were first-time grantees2.

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, grassroots cultural funding network in America. We also support Cultural Districts, Festivals & Projects, 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.



of Massachusetts residents attend live arts events and/or visit arts organizations3.



of Massachusetts residents personally perform or create art4.


Cultural Districts

consisting of more than 800 partnering organizations – have been designated in Massachusetts, more than any other state in the country5.



Each year, local councils award more than $7 million in grants to more than 7,600 cultural programs statewide6.

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 Districts foster local partnerships between artists, nonprofits, businesses, and municipalities, putting culture at the center of community development.


billion dollars

Economic impact of Massachusetts' cultural sector7.



Jobs linked to the arts and cultural sector in Massachusetts8.



Portion of the state economy the cultural sector represents9.

Culture empowers a new creative generation.

Culture plays a major role in the formation of creative, productive, and independent-minded young people in Massachusetts. An indispensable part of a well-rounded education, culture creates citizens who are open and creative – ready to succeed in a globalized, increasingly competitive world. We support arts education and creative youth development, and foster organizations and programs that bring culture to students across the Commonwealth.



Massachusetts students will be engaged through 299 STARS Residencies in the arts, sciences, and humanities10.



youth empowered through creative youth development programs we support11.

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