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

(Jan. 27, 2016) - Governor Charlie Baker today released a state budget proposal that would invest $14 million in the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) for the coming fiscal year. The Governor's budget plan for FY17 would fund arts and culture at current levels.

The MCC seeks a $17 million state appropriation, a $3 million increase, for FY17. MCC Executive Director Anita Walker said the agency will continue to make the case for that increase in concert with MASSCreative and its network of advocates across the state. As part of that effort, MCC has released new data 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 its work can accomplish.

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UPDATED: MCC's 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 an update to its 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 these updated figures with the Massachusetts legislature this budget season along with our FY17 budget request.

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MCC FY17 Budget Request Totals $15 Million

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) seeks a state appropriation of $17 million for FY17, a $3 million increase 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 cultural sector that opens its doors to young and old of all backgrounds, regardless of income or ability.

Read complete FY17 budget request (PDF).

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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 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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