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.
Mass Cultural Council has released a case statement on the benefits of arts and cultural funding to the state’s economy, communities, and the education of our young people – and what long-term reinvestment in Mass Cultural Council's work can accomplish.
Today Governor Baker released a budget for FY21 that proposes an investment of $16.3M for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Mass Cultural Council, representing a 9.455% funding reduction from FY20.
A powerful argument for robust public investment in arts and culture has been made this week, albeit unintentionally, with a recent high-profile suggestion that cultural sites in the Middle East could be in potential danger.
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