Action Alert: The Commonwealth Cultural Future Act

Hearing Scheduled for S.2246 - Tuesday September 28 at 11:00am

The recovery of the arts and cultural sector in the Commonwealth is essential to Massachusetts economic and communal recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and necessary public health closures. 

Senator Edward J. Kennedy (D-Lowell) filed S.2246, The Commonwealth Cultural Futures Act which will allocate a minimum of $200M from any federal economic stimulus Massachusetts receives to the recovery and sustainability of artists, cultural organizations and for profit arts businesses. 


9/22/21 UPDATE: Next Tuesday, September 28 the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development will hold a hearing on The Commonwealth Cultural Futures Act.  

You can sign up to testify at the hearing where you will have 3 minutes to share your support of the bill.

Sign up to testify today

You can submit written testimony in support of the bill as well.

Send written testimony to Derek.Dunlea (at) and James.Ostis (at) with the subject line “Written Testimony – TACD 9/28/21”.

Finally, Make sure that YOUR legislator is a co-sponsor and ready to share their support for the bill with the Committee. 

Write your legislator today.

6/7/21 UPDATE: The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has recommended passing S.2246! Having the support and allyship of the Chamber is another meaningful step in our advocacy efforts. 

You can read their issues report and full recommendations here. 

4/14/21 UPDATE: Big news from Beacon Hill! The Commonwealth Cultural Future Act now has an official bill number (S.2246) and assigned to the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development for review. This is the next step in the process of the legislation cycle. We have from now until the bill receives a hearing to get co-sponsors for the bill. Already over 50 legislators have co-sponsored but we need MORE! Help us reach our goal of 1000 messages of support to legislators. 

4/9/21 UPDATE: MASSCreative was invited by the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development to testify on the impact of COVID-19 to the arts and cultural sector and make recommendations on recovery strategies. Check out what we said:

Senator Kennedy, Co-Chair of the Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Committee recently filed S. 2246 An Act to Rebuild the Commonwealth’s Cultural Future which would create a $200 million stabilization fund for the state’s cultural sector. The money for the fund would be allocated from any federal dollars Massachusetts receives this year for COVID-19 recovery efforts. 

The necessary public health closures of arts and cultural spaces has been disastrous to the entire cultural sector. 

We know the arts and cultural sector will be among the last to fully reopen and it will take audiences some time to return at pre-pandemic levels.

Without bold, comprehensive public funding to stabilize the cultural sector through full reopening, Massachusetts will not have the vibrant arts and cultural community we count on as an economic engine and community connector. 

S.2246, An Act to Rebuild the Commonwealth’s Cultural Future will provide the kind of stabilization we need immediately.

Additionally, the legislation:

  • Meets Sector Immediate Needs grants can be used for payroll and benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent and utilities.
  • Benefits the Entire Cultural Sector nonprofit cultural organizations, arts businesses as well as individual artists and creative workers are eligible.
  • Incentivizes Adaptation and Innovation grants can be used for programmatic adaptation, technology and infrastructure costs for safe reopening.  
  • Centers Equity grant awards will consider racial diversity and equity, diversity of programming and geography. 
  • Strategizes Economic Recovery grant awards will prioritize impact on job creation and tourism spending prior to the pandemic.

We need your help to make this bill a reality. 

It's time to call on our State legislators to protect Massachusetts Cultural future and support S. 2246.  

Co-Sponsors for S.2246 - An Act to rebuild the Commonwealth’s cultural future

Sponsored by Senator Edward J. Kennedy (D-Lowell)

State Representatives State Senators
Rep. Colleen M. Garry (D-Dracut) Sen. Michael J. Barrett (D-Lexington)
Rep. David Allen Robertson (D-Tewskbury) Sen. Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester)
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D-Pittsfield) Sen. Patrick M. O'Connor (R-Weymouth)
Rep. Lindsay N. Sabadosa (D-Northampton) Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn)
Rep. Michelle L. Ciccolo (D-Lexington) Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton)
Rep. Adam J. Scanlon (D-North Attleborough) Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem)
Rep. Carmine Lawrence Gentile (D-Sudbury) Sen. Michael Moore (D-Plymouth)
Rep. Mary S. Keefe (D-Worcester) Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow)
Rep. Jacob R. Oliveira (D-Ludlow) Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro)
Rep. Tackey Chan (D-Quincy) Sen. Rebecca Rausch (D-Needham)
Rep. Rich Haggerty (D-Woburn) Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester)
Rep. Steven Ultrino (D-Malden) Sen. Dianna DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Rep. Steven C. Owens (D-Watertown) Sen. Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton)
Rep. Dan Sena (D-Acton) Sen. Susan Moran (D-Falmouth)
Rep. John Barrett (D-North Adams) Sen. Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield)
Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick) Sen. Sal N. DiDomenico (D-Everett)
Rep. Tram Nguyen (D-Andover) Sen. Nick Collins (D-Boston)
Rep. Angelo Puppolo Jr. (D-Springfield) Sen. John Velis (D-Westfield)
Rep. Daniel Ryan (D-Charlestown) Sen. John Keenan (D-Quincy)
Rep. Michael Kushmerek (D-Fitchburg)  
Rep. Tommy Vitolo (D-Brookline)  
Rep. David Vieira (R-Teaticket)  
Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven (D-Somerville)  
Rep. Dan Hunt (D-Dorchester)  
Rep. Kathleen LaNatra (D-Kingston)  
Rep. Elizabeth Malia (D-Jamaica Plain)  
Rep. Brian M. Ashe (D-Longmeadow)  
Rep. Christine Barber (D-Somerville)  
Rep. Adrian Madaro (D-Boston)  
Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington)  
Rep. Vanna Howard (D-Lowell)  
Rep. Jessica Giannino (D-Revere)  
Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston)  
Rep. Kate Lipper-Garabedian (D-Melrose)  
Rep. David Rogers (D-Belmont)  
Rep. Kip Diggs (D-Barnstable)  
Rep. James Arciero (D-Westford)  
Rep. Thomas Stanley (D-Waltham)  
Rep. Patrica Duffy (D-Holyoke)  
Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton)  
Rep. Tami Gouveia (D-Acton)  

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