Governor Charlie Baker signed a state budget today that that boosts funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through Mass Cultural Council by $2 million.
The FY20 state budget approved by the Legislature earlier this month funds Mass Cultural Council at $18 million, a 12 percent increase over last year and its highest state appropriation since 2002. The agency will invest the additional resources in nonprofit organizations, communities, artists, schools and creative youth development. The budget also preserved language that ensures Mass Cultural Council will continue its growing range of services to communities and nonprofits as part of its strategic plan.
“We thank the Governor for joining the Legislature in this strong endorsement of the power of culture in making Massachusetts the great place that it is for those who live, work, and create here, and for visitors from around the world,” said Nina Fialkow, Mass Cultural Council Chair.
The arts and culture are essential to our health and our economy. This was the consensus at the conclusion of an online Town Hall Forum with Congressman Jim McGovern, presented by Mass Cultural Council and the Worcester Cultural Coalition.
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