Pushing for Increased Investment in Our Cultural Facilities

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The creative community celebrated a victory this November, when Governor Patrick chose to triple his annual allocation to the Cultural Facilities Fund from $5 million to $15 million. The governor’s announcement followed a four-month advocacy campaign led by the creative community, which involved over 200 arts and cultural institutions, mayors and chambers of commerce and over 1200 individuals across Massachusetts. The community clearly supports the Cultural Facilities Fund and understands the impact our cultural institutions have on our communities and our economy.

As the legislature considers the reauthorization of the Fund for another five years, MASSCreative is working to make sure that arts and cultural leaders are included in the conversation.

On April 24, the Senate Committee on Bonding held a public hearing on the bill. MASSCreative’s Senior Campaign Organizer, Tracie Konopinski was joined by Jay Paget from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Josiah Spaulding from Citi Performing Arts Center, and Wendy Lament from Wheelock Family Theatre to testify on a panel before the Committee in support of reauthorizing the Cultural Facilities Fund for another five years. We also urged the Committee to increase the authorization from $50 million to $75 million so that the work of the creative community can continue at the level that the governor set in November with his $15 million allocation.

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