On a recent August day, students gathered around a piano on a stage at Lawrence High School. They were rehearsing the forthcoming production of “West Side Story,” written by a composer born just a few blocks away almost exactly a century ago.
We conducted a series of 13 regional meetings across the state this summer as a follow up to the Mass Cultural Council Institute held in March 2018. The meetings gave us an opportunity to convene cities and towns by region to talk about our new strategic plan and Power of Culture messaging platform.
Periodically, we pose questions about issues artists face in their work and lives. This month, we asked artists working in multiple disciplines, If you could deliver one message to yourself as a younger artist, what would it be?
An overwhelming, bipartisan majority of state legislators voted to override a veto of a budget increase to the Mass Cultural Council for the new fiscal year. The overrides set the agency’s FY19 state appropriation at $16 million, ensuring increased investment in nonprofit cultural organizations, communities, artists, school and youth programs statewide.
Today the state Legislature approved a final budget for the new fiscal year that boosts funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through Mass Cultural Council by $2 million.
Check out recent episodes of Creative Minds Out Loud, Mass Cultural Council's podcast, featuring:
- Susan Wissler of The Mount
- Edmund Barry Gaither of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
- Tina D’Agostino of the Springfield Performing Arts Development Corporation