BOSTON, March 4, 2014— Statement by Matt Wilson, MASSCreative Executive Director on House Ways and Means Committee Proposed Cut to Bond Bill Impacting Funding for Cultural Facilities:

“Now is not the time to take a step backwards. Last fall, Gov. Deval Patrick recognized how important the Cultural Facilities Fund is for repairing and rebuilding the Commonwealth’s aging cultural venues and he allocated $15 million to the Cultural Facilities Fund. To keep the funding at that level going forward, H.3920 needs to be funded at $75 million, which is what the House Committee on Bonding recently recommended. We are disappointed with the House Ways and Means Committee’s decision to recommend funding the H.3920 at $50 million. The House is expected to take up an amendment Wednesday, March 5 offered by Rep. Cory Atkins, Chair of the Tourism Arts, and Cultural Development Committee recommending funding in H.3920 at $75 million.

“The need is high among the state’s hundreds of cultural institutions. The Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is charged with reviewing applications for funding for repairs from the Cultural Facilities Fund has received requests this year totaling $50 million, when there is only $15 million to spend.

“In 2007, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill creating the Cultural Facilities Fund, and the governor signed it into law. The purpose of the fund is to provide resources to maintain and rebuild the Commonwealth’s cultural venues. Since its creation, the Cultural Facilities Fund has allocated $54.8 million to 269 organizations for the development of cultural facilities in 99 cities and towns. This work has resulted in the creation of 14,808 jobs to architects, engineers, contractors, and construction workers; and created 1,412 new permanent jobs. A healthy arts sector helps build connected communities and vibrant, thriving economies throughout the Commonwealth.”



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.

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