BOSTON, April 27, 2016— Statement by MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson on House Budget for Funding of Massachusetts Cultural CoStatement by MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson on House Budget for Funding of Massachusetts Cultural Council

“The House vote today to cut funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council is deeply disappointing. The creative community is a critical partner in building a vibrant, healthy, and equitable Massachusetts. It makes vital contributions to the economic development of neighborhoods and downtowns around the state, particularly in Gateway Cities. Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Massachusetts support more than 45,000 jobs, spend $2.1 billion annually, and generate another $2.5 billion of economic activity. Additionally, every dollar spent by an arts and cultural organization generates $2.30 in sales for nearby businesses.

“Local cultural councils across the Commonwealth organize a diverse array of arts activities that make the downtowns of our cities more attractive to residents and visitors alike, and promote educational programming that helps students of all abilities excel across all academic disciplines. The House vote to cut funding to the MCC by 14 percent to $12 million puts this progress at risk.” 

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Founded in 2012, MASSCreative works with creative leaders and entrepreneurs, working artists, arts educators, and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and support necessary to build vibrant and connected communities. MASSCreative has more than 300 arts and cultural member organizations from around the state.

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