Investing $16 Million in State Arts Funding


Arts, culture, and creativity have a powerful impact on our communities. That’s why when we advocate for an increase in state funding for arts and culture, we’re not just asking for an investment in our cultural institutions and artists, we’re asking for an investment in a healthy, vibrant, and equitable Massachusetts.

As Governor Baker and the MA House and Senate prepare to release their budgets in the new year, we want to make the case that arts and culture are worthy of investment as a core state service.

Before Governor Baker releases his budget in January, the MASSCreative Leadership Council will be formally requesting that he increase investment in the creative community and boost the FY2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) budget to $16 million. This $2 million increase is strongly supported by Senate President Stan Rosenberg and 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. 

Stay tuned for next steps as the budget moves from the Governor's desk to the MA House and Senate. In March, we’re planning our Arts Matter Advocacy Day, so get ready for a morning of trainings and briefings before marching through the Boston Common to meet with legislators at the State House.

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