Dear Governor Baker,
Arts, culture, and creativity have a powerful impact on our communities. They drive the state’s local economies, from the Greater Boston area, to the downtown districts of Gateway Cities, to our rural and coastal communities. They improve student achievement across academic disciplines, and they help us find meaning and make sense of our lives.
As artists and leaders in the creative community, we encourage you to provide the arts and cultural community with the support it needs to help build vibrant, equitable, and healthy communities across the Commonwealth.
As you prepare to release your budget in January, please 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. We ask you to appropriate these funds without earmarks to ensure that they are awarded to worthy institutions and projects through a fair, transparent public process.
State funding through the MCC strengthens the creative community in Massachusetts as a whole and is critical to the arts and culture sector’s ability to help drive the economy, enhance education, and help build community across the Commonwealth. These funds also play a key role in leveraging private investment in our cultural institutions and public programs.
The MASSCreative Leadership Council