We have a unique opportunity to increase state support for culture and ensure Mass Cultural Council continues its work in partnership with communities across the Commonwealth.
Sen. Ed Kennedy of Lowell, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development, has filed amendments to the Senate Ways and Means budget for the coming fiscal year that would accomplish two key goals:
Amendment #686 would boost funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences to $18 million for FY20, our highest state appropriation since 2001. These additional dollars would allow us to increase grants for our nonprofits, local cultural councils, cultural districts, school and youth programs, and artists.
Amendment #832 corrects language from the Ways & Means plan that would constrain Mass Cultural Council’s ability to provide services to local communities, artists, and nonprofits. Professional development, volunteer workshops, convenings, technical assistance: These vital services and the partnerships they help foster set Mass Cultural Council apart from other agencies of its kind and ensure we can support the broad cultural ecosystem in Massachusetts.
Bethann brings to Mass Cultural Council almost two decades of public service experience in Massachusetts state government, most recently as Chief of Staff to Senator Adam Hinds of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District.
The Mass Cultural Council released a spending plan for the new fiscal year that will invest more than $16.5 million in a range of grant programs, services, and initiatives to support the arts, humanities, and sciences in communities across Massachusetts.
Curriculum frameworks are the foundational architecture for teaching and learning in K-12 education. Without frameworks, schools struggle to set learning standards and effective ways to track student growth and achievement. Subjects lacking strong frameworks are often marginalized or ignored.
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