On Thursday the state House of Representatives approved a budget plan for the next fiscal year that calls for investing $16.6 million in the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Mass Cultural Council. The House proposal would add $533,000 for arts and cultural funding in Fiscal Year 2020, which begins July 1.
“We appreciate the vote of confidence from the House,” said Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council Executive Director. “Still, we know that there is so much more good work happening in the cultural sector across the Commonwealth that can benefit from public support. We need all our voices to ask their Senators to support arts and culture at $18 million so more of our residents can benefit from that work.”
Mass Cultural Council has an updated case statement detailing the many public benefits of support for the arts, humanities, and sciences. And new data from the National Endowment for the Arts reaffirms that the cultural sector remains a vital and growing part of our economy.
The House budget is one key step in the annual state budget process. The Senate Ways & Means Committee will release its own budget proposal in mid-May, and the full Senate will then debate that plan and amendments to it. The House and the Senate must then agree on a final tax and spending plan before sending it back to the Governor, who may veto or approve the budget and/or specific line items.
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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