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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2014

CONTACTS:
Greg Liakos, Mass Cultural Council, 617-858-2720
Kelsey Abbruzzese, MassDevelopment, 617-330-2086 & 617-448-9077 (cell)

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $15 MILLION FOR CULTURAL FACILITIES FUND IN FINAL CAPITAL PLAN

(Pittsfield, MA)—Governor Deval Patrick announced today that his Administration’s final state capital plan includes an additional $15 million for the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF).

With this new Fiscal Year 2015 allocation, the Governor has overseen investment of nearly $85 million in capital support for the nonprofit cultural sector during his two terms in office. These grants helped launch many transformative projects, leveraging private sector dollars that have kept the sector growing and thriving. CFF has also helped dozens of nonprofit organizations become better stewards of our cultural heritage.

The Governor spoke at a reception at Barrington Stage Co. to celebrate the last round of $14 million in CFF grants for Fiscal Year 2014, which were announced in June. “The arts and culture are an expression of the best of who we are and what we believe in,” he said. “The work you do makes our economy and our society better.” The Governor also called for the cultural sector’s continued advocacy, “What happens in your government depends on you.” The new fiscal year began July 1.

“Governor Patrick’s steadfast support for the Cultural Facilities Fund has left a lasting legacy for generations to come,” said Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Mass Cultural Council.

Mass Cultural Council and MassDevelopment will begin to craft guidelines for the new round of CFF grants and hope to solicit applications later in the fall.

Cultural Facilities Fund projects expand access and education in the arts, history, and sciences; create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Organizations receiving funding in this latest round of grants round plan to invest $264 million in their projects.

The new round includes 81 capital grants totaling nearly $13 million and another 48 planning grants totaling just under $1 million. Grants range from $7,000 to $600,000, and must be matched with funds from private philanthropy and/or other public sources.

Current CFF-funded building projects are spending more than $1.6 billion, providing more than 16,400 building jobs to architects, engineers, contractors, and carpenters. The organizations also plan to add 1,572 permanent jobs after their capital projects are complete.

CFF grants have also helped restore and preserve many of our nation’s most cherished historic buildings, which attract cultural tourists to Massachusetts. More than 15 million people visit CFF-funded organizations annually, with nearly one third coming from out-of-state.

State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier and State Senator Benjamin Downing also participated in this morning’s celebration. Senator Downing spoke about the role of the arts in transforming Pittsfield, “I know the changes I’ve seen in the community I grew up in. We’re starting to reimagine what buildings like (the Barrington Stage Company’s) can be.” Senator Downing and Representative Farley-Bouvier both supported a five-year $50M reauthorization of CFF in a bond bill that is now being finalized in the Legislature.

Barrington Stage Co. Artistic Director Julie Boyd spoke about the positive impact the fund has had on the company and the community, “These grants bring income not only from tourists but for people in the community. They can do so much. We’re lucky to live in a state that takes its arts so seriously.”

MassDevelopment and Mass Cultural Council jointly administer the CFF. A Governor-appointed Cultural Facilities Fund Advisory Committee provides oversight to the Fund’s operation. For more background get the CFF Fact Sheet.

About Mass Cultural Council:
The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency supporting the arts, humanities, and sciences to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. The Mass Cultural Council pursues this mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

About MassDevelopment:
MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2013, MassDevelopment financed or managed 350 projects generating investment of more than $2.4 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 7,000 jobs and build or rehabilitate 800 residential units.

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