Advocacy Action Center
Education Advocates: Help Restore Funding!
(2/27/14) - This year’s budget increase allowed MCC to double the number of artist residencies in schools across Massachusetts through its STARS Residencies Program.
Now MCC is again working with its allies MASSCreative, Arts|Learning and others to continue that momentum in the next fiscal year that starts July 1. We are seeking a state appropriation of $16 million for MCC in FY15, an increase of $5 million.
Do you have a story to tell about how MCC funding helps you connect children and youth to quality learning experiences in the arts, sciences, and/or humanities?
If so now is the time to share that story with your legislators in the Massachusetts House and Senate. The House budget plan comes out in April, and the Senate follows suit in May.
To learn more about the state budget process, contact MCC’s Communications Department.
Governor's Budget Proposes Funding Cuts to Arts & Culture through MCC
(1/22/14) - Governor Deval Patrick today released a proposed state budget for the coming fiscal year that would invest just under $9.6 million in the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).
The Governor's fiscal year 2015 budget recommendation would cut arts and cultural funding $1.5 million—or 13 percent—from the current fiscal year. MCC Executive Director Anita Walker called the plan disappointing given the state’s improving revenue picture. If not reversed, the plan would roll back this year’s increases in grants to nonprofit cultural organizations, local cultural councils, and schools.
Read the full release.
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MASSCreative Says "Keep Up the Momentum"
(1/3/14) - MassCreative urges you to keep up the momentum:
Last year, over 5,000 people signed our petition to encourage Governor Deval Patrick to increase state investment in the creative community through the Massachusetts Cultural Council budget. In coming together to boldly ask for what we need, we ignited an arts advocacy campaign and were able to influence Governor Patrick to take a crucial step toward restoring essential funding.
Not only did the campaign work, increasing funding by 17%, but it also marked the beginning of an arts legacy for the governor.
After signing an increased budget for FY2014, Governor Patrick kept the momentum going when he tripled the state’s allocation to the Cultural Facilities Fund. This second bold move paves the way for a continued legacy of support for arts, culture, and creativity in the Commonwealth.
Building on the progress made in the past year, our FY2015 petition asks for a $16 million allocation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council budget, which would elevate investment in the day-to-day operations of the creative community by $5 million. Go ahead and sign it now.
More from the MASSCreative site.
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Governor Patrick Announces $15 Million for Cultural Facilities Fund in 2014
(11/12/13) - Governor Patrick today announced his decision to triple the state’s investment in the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) with an allocation of $15 million for FY14. CFF supports vital capital projects in every corner of the Commonwealth, improves access to our state’s extraordinary cultural riches, and create thousands of jobs. Governor Patrick’s increase will greatly expand the work being done to keep the sector thriving and ensure the longevity of Massachusetts’ cultural heritage.
Thank you to our partners at MASSCreative, the Boston Foundation, and throughout the cultural sector for their tireless work advocating on behalf of CFF and to you for sharing your stories – it’s clear you made a significant impact on the Governor's decision.
We are now working with MassDevelopment to finalize application guidelines and a timeline for the next round of grants. Details will be available online in the coming month.
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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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