BOSTON, January 27, 2016— Statement by MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson on Gov. Baker’s Recommended Funding of the Massachusetts Cultural Council in State Budget:

“Governor Charlie Baker’s recommendation to fund the state’s investment in arts and culture in FY17 at $14.16 million will fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council at the same level as this past year. We see this as a great starting point, but not the end point. Art and culture is a gateway to economic development, higher achievement in education, and building more connected communities.

“Leaders interested in building communities that support local businesses, attract new residents, and nurture a spirit of civic engagement govern with artists and cultural leaders in mind. Providing a well-rounded education requires inclusion of arts and culture. Fostering creativity is a linchpin to building a talented workforce, and a vibrant arts scene helps businesses, both large and small, attract workers. 

“We urge lawmakers to support a $17 million investment in the arts. This will ensure the ability of arts institutions and local cultural councils across the Commonwealth to provide the diverse array of cultural activities that help the downtowns of our cities be more attractive to residents and visitors alike; promotes educational programming that helps students of all abilities to excel across all academic disciplines; and builds more vibrant, connected and equitable communities.” 

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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. More than 300 arts and cultural organizations from around the state are members of MASSCreative. 

  

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