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Governor's Budget Proposes Level Funding for Arts & Culture through MCC

Governor Charlie Baker today released his first state budget proposal that would invest just under $11.8 million in the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) for the coming fiscal year. The Governor's budget plan for FY16 would fund arts and culture at current levels.

The state appropriated $12 million for MCC to support arts and cultural programs for the current year. Last month, however, the Legislature passed the Governor’s emergency mid-year budget that cut MCC funding by $215,000 along with many other state programs to fill a large gap between revenues and expenses.

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MCC's New Case Statement for Increased Public Investment in Arts & Culture

Cover image for "It Works. Work It... We Make Creativity Work for Massachusetts"The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has released a new case statement on the benefits of arts and cultural funding to the state’s economy, communities, and the education of our young people – and what long-term reinvestment in MCC's work can accomplish. We will be sharing it with the Massachusetts legislature this budget season along with our FY16 budget request.

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MCC FY16 Budget Request Totals $15 Million

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) seeks an FY16 state appropriation of $15 million, an increase of $3 million from the current fiscal year. The agency will put these funds to work toward:

  • A healthy state economy that benefits from a robust nonprofit cultural sector, cultural tourism, and a creative workforce.

  • More vital, livable communities flourishing with arts and cultural activities accessible to all.

  • Young people who possess the knowledge, imagination, and creativity to succeed in school, careers, and civic life.

  • A nonprofit cultural sector that opens its doors to young and old of all backgrounds and abilities, regardless of income.

Read complete FY16 budget request.

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Learn More About Your State Elected Officials

Who are they? What are their priorities? How can arts and culture help them achieve their public policy goals?

Contact MCC's Greg Liakos or Ann Petruccelli to share your stories of how arts and culture are making your community a better place, or to request information or assistance.

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