Power of Culture Blog
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.
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Mass Cultural Council seeks a state appropriation of $20 million for FY21, a $2 million increase from the current fiscal year. The Council will invest these resources into a portfolio of programs and services that enhance, support, and promote the cultural sector in every corner of the Commonwealth.
Data shows that a robust investment in the arts, humanities, and sciences through Mass Cultural Council delivers significant returns to the Commonwealth. Whether in Greater Boston, Cape Cod, the Berkshires or in between, nonprofit cultural organizations drive local economies in every region of the state. Further, the nonprofit organizations supported by Mass Cultural Council:
Mass Cultural Council has also 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. We will be sharing these updated figures with the Massachusetts Legislature this budget season along with our FY21 budget request.