Power of Culture Blog
COVID-19 has devastated the arts and cultural sector. No more gigs. No more plays. No more gallery showings. Still, as they usually do, artists are finding ways to make and share their art with the world.
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The largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, the Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program enriches the cultural life of all cities and towns in Massachusetts. Mass Cultural Council awarded $4.15M in FY20 to its 329 LCCs to regrant locally. LCCs approved grants this year for nearly 7,000 community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
Just as LCCs had completed their FY20 granting process and sent out approval letters, COVID-19 hit bringing with it event cancellations, shelter in place orders, and economic uncertainty.
We are grateful to our 2,400 LCC members, who on a volunteer basis, took on—and continue to face—the challenge of being responsive to the needs of their cultural communities.
Some examples of how LCCs have responded to COVID-19:
It has also been amazing to see how LCC Program grant recipients have pivoted quickly to continue to provide arts and culture programming in their communities virtually and inventively.
Follow our Community Initiative Facebook page to see these incredibly inspiring #MACommunityStories.