Bigger & Bolder in 2016: Advocating for increased public funding
As we head into the new year, we are preparing to advocate for an increase in state funding for arts, humanities, and sciences in order to build a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Massachusetts.
In January, the Governor will release his FY17 state budget which, as you know, includes a line item for arts, culture, and creativity through the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Before Governor Baker releases his budget, we’ll be delivering a letter signed by the MASSCreative Leadership Council requesting that he increase investment in the creative community and boost the FY2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) budget to $17 million. This $3 million increase will fund arts, humanities, and science programs for underserved youth, the growing number of cultural districts, the 329 Local Cultural Councils, and the Commonwealth’s core arts and cultural institutions. This request is part of a collaborative vision to increase the Massachusetts Cultural Council budget back to previous levels.
Stay tuned for next steps and ways to activate your networks as the budget moves from the Governor's desk to the MA House and Senate.