David T. Slatery, Acting Executive Director and Deputy Director
Reflecting on the last seven months
All of us at Mass Cultural Council are very excited for Michael J. Bobbitt to join us as our new Executive Director on Monday. We welcome his arrival and look forward to advancing the power of culture under his leadership. As one of my last acts as Acting Executive Director, I wanted to review the last seven months and highlight what Mass Cultural Council has been able to achieve during a very uncertain time. This was truly a “WE” effort, and I see even better days ahead. It has been an honor to serve as your Acting Executive Director. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me, and for your collegiality and friendship.
MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL “TALE OF THE TAPE” JULY 2020-JANUARY 2021
Continued to deliver high quality and core government services and programs to the Commonwealth’s cultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic – totally virtually.
Successfully advocated for public investment in the cultural sector, which resulted in:
$18,180,000 – level funding during a pandemic and economic crisis – in the FY21 state budget, which informs our robust FY21 Agency spending plan.
$31,000,000 in new capital spending authorizations to support the cultural sector’s recovery from COVID through 3 new grant programs to be administered by the Agency if programmed into the state’s FY22 capital plan.
$10,000,000 in CARES Act funding to 183 needy cultural organizations, administered in partnership with EOHED, for the Baker-Polito Administration’s Cultural Organization Economic Recovery Grant Program, part of the Governor’s economic recovery plan for the Commonwealth.
Supported the governing Council’s nation-wide search for a new executive director which resulted after an extensive nearly 10-month process in the appointment of Michael J. Bobbitt as the executive director to lead the Council’s next chapter.
Hosted 163 virtual convenings (webinars, info sessions, listening sessions, office hours, etc. as posted on Agency Dates).
Published 63 blog posts on the Power of Culture blog, which chronicles the stories and impacts of culture in the Commonwealth.
As a continuation of our “Safe Harbors” program work, launched an RFP to support cultural nonprofits, which will result in 40+ webinars to support the Recover, Rebuild, Renew Series, a cornerstone of the Agency’s FY21 service agenda to the field.
Moved out of our traditional “program teams” to establish a number of cross-agency working groups to discuss, define and deliver innovative new services that will benefit the entire sector in COVID-19 recovery efforts.