||Massachusetts Cultural Council
10 St. James Ave., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116-3803
Toll Free (MA only): 800-232-0960
Communities. Inspiring Creative
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.
The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is committed to building a central place for the arts, sciences, and humanities in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth.
The arts, sciences, and humanities have the power to build healthier, more livable, more vital communities. They enrich, exalt, and provoke. They are an essential part of a strong educational system. They contribute enormously to our economy. They build bridges across cultures. They can be used to address - or better yet, prevent - some of our most stubborn social problems. They help us interpret our past and shape our future. They help us understand what it means to be human.
MCC receives an annual appropriation from the state Legislature
and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and others. Details
on our budget are available online. In turn, MCC makes thousands
of grants directly to non-profit cultural organizations, schools,
communities, and individuals artists, through funding
programs that use arts, science, and the humanities to build
strong, diverse, livable communities. The beneficiaries of these
programs comprise a cross-section of the population and citizens
in each Massachusetts city and town.
There are few places in America as rich in arts and culture as Massachusetts.
From Boston to the Berkshires, from Cape Ann to Cape Cod, our state
boasts an array of exceptional cultural organizations, beautiful
and distinctive communities, and thousands of talented artists and
educators. The MCC nurtures the creative life of Massachusetts.
We help organizations grow and change. We help schools enrich students'
lives by weaving quality arts, humanities, and science programs
into their curricula. We foster dialogue among cultural leaders
on issues of shared importance, and make connections between artists
and businesses. And we advocate on behalf of the cultural community--ensuring
that arts, humanities, and sciences have a voice in discussions
about the future of the Commonwealth and its communities.
As a state agency, the MCC participates in the Office of Performance Management & Oversight’s publication of agency performance measures. View MCC’s most recent Performance Measures.
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