State Arts Funding

We’re at the next step of the state budget process, and we’re within reach of increasing state investment in the creative community through a $2 million boost to Mass Cultural Council grants and services.

The state budget is now in the hands of a Conference Committee where six legislators meet to agree on a final budget to send to the full Senate and House and then on to Gov. Baker for approval. The Conference Committee members include Ways and Means Committee chairs Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston) and Sen. Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport), vice chairs Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham) and Sen. Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington), and ranking minority members Rep. Todd Smola (R-Warren) and Sen. Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth).

Rep. Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) and Sen. Ed Kennedy (D-Lowell), co-chairs of the Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Committee, are circulating a letter among colleagues to encourage the Conference Committee to support the Senate’s version of the budget regarding the Mass Cultural Council line item. As you may recall, the Senate version funds the Mass Cultural Council at $18 million and includes language that will ensure that the state cultural agency can continue to provide grants and services to artists, nonprofits, schools, and cultural districts.

Send a quick email asking your legislators to sign on to the Conference Committee letter.











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