Ed Bride

posted about Governor Baker: Support the Mass Cultural Council budget increase on Facebook 2018-07-26 12:18:38 -0400
Gov. Baker has until 7.30 to sign off on the FY19 budget, which includes a $2M increase to @masscultural. Sign the petition to help prevent an arts veto.

Governor Baker: Support the Mass Cultural Council budget increase

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Dear Governor Baker,

After three years of level state funding for arts and culture, we are thrilled that the MA Legislature voted to increase the Mass Cultural Council’s budget to $16 million, as part of the FY19 state budget.

The creative community looks forward to your approval of the FY19 state budget and the Mass Cultural Council line item (0640-0300), and working with you and your administration to build a more vibrant, connected, and equitable Massachusetts.

This $2M increase to the Mass Cultural Council budget will allow the agency to invest in arts and cultural programs that:

  • Elevate the quality of life and well-being of all communities
  • Drive growth and opportunity through the creative economy
  • Empower a new generation through creative youth development and education
  • Ensure the arts are inclusive, equitable, and embrace our diversity

Specifically, the increase will allow for the Mass Cultural Council to:

  • Increase grants to its 329 Local Cultural Councils, the nation’s largest network of community arts support led by 2,500 volunteers in every city and town.
  • Reinvest in the Cultural Investment Portfolio, the core operating support program for more than 320 nonprofits.
  • Increase investment in Creative Youth Development Programs, nationally recognized programs that use the power of the arts, humanities, and sciences to help young people learn, grow, and thrive.
  • Deepen investments in its Universal Participation (UP) Initiative, which supports a growing cohort of cultural nonprofits that are breaking down barriers to access.

Sincerely,


Ed Bride
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