State Arts Funding

On Wednesday, April 11, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed funding the Mass Cultural Council at just under $14 million, matching last year’s funding level. It’s a good start, but not enough to provide the creative community with the resources it needs to thrive.

Ask your State Representative to champion an increase in public funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences

Recently, The Boston Globe editorialized against the Trump Administration's plan to dismantle the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Boston Globe pointed out “It’s not just Trump, of course, who has shown an indifference to the arts. In Massachusetts, the state arts budget has remained flat for the past three years.” 

It’s time for arts and creativity to thrive through increased public investment.

Here in Massachusetts, we know the power of creativity. In 2015, arts and cultural non-profit organizations generated nearly $2.2 billion in economic activity. The arts are regularly cited as a strategy to help improve student performance and attendance and bring communities together. Arts-based therapies also improve the health and resiliency in people recovering from addiction or suffering from memory impairment and military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  

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