State Arts Funding

It’s official! On July 31, Governor Baker signed the FY20 state budget, and with it approved a $2 million increase in state public funding to the creative community through the Mass Cultural Council budget. 

Email a note of thanks to Governor Baker.

This increase elevates the Mass Cultural Council budget to $18 million, making it the largest state allocation to the cultural agency since 2002. In addition to increasing public investment to the creative community, this final budget includes new language in the Mass Cultural Council line item ensuring that the state cultural agency will be able to continue to provide both grants and services to the creative community.

This is the first time in five budget cycles that Governor Baker has not vetoed an increase to the Mass Cultural Council budget. In that time, MASSCreative and the creative community organized four successful overrides of Governor Baker's arts vetoes. We’re thrilled that this year we’re able to celebrate an early victory!

Send Governor Baker a note of thanks.

Thanks to all of the arts champions across the Commonwealth, working both in the State House and in communities to ensure arts, culture, and creativity are an expected, well-funded, and valued part of everyday life. Thank you to Senate President Karen Spilka and Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo, Ways and Means Committee Co-chairs Sen. Michael Rodrigues and Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, and Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development Committee Co-chairs Sen. Ed Kennedy and Rep. Paul McMurtry. 

We’re grateful for partners and supporters like you, who have reached out and organized others to email their legislators--once, twice, three times--this budget season regarding state public arts funding. It’s with this collective action that MASSCreative can continue our work.

This victory is a direct result of your advocacy and engagement. Congrats to us all!

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