FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2017
Contact: Gregory Liakos, Communications Director, 617-858-2720
Governor's Budget Proposes Modest Increase in Funding for Arts & Culture through the Mass Cultural Council
(Boston, MA) - Governor Charlie Baker today released a state budget proposal that would invest $14.3 million in the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council in the coming fiscal year. The Governor's budget plan for Fiscal Year 2018 would represent a 2.5 percent increase above this year’s state appropriation for Mass Cultural Council.
The Mass Cultural Council seeks a $16 million state appropriation, a $2 million increase, for FY18. Mass Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker said the agency will continue to make the case for that increase in concert with MASSCreative, Mass Humanities, and its network of advocates across the state. As part of that effort, Mass Cultural Council 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.
“We thank Governor Baker for his support for the arts, humanities, and sciences,” said Anita Walker, Mass Cultural Council Executive Director. “The Governor’s budget proposal recognizes the creative sector as a vital force for economic prosperity and community vitality across Massachusetts. It represents a solid start to the budget process.”
The release of the Governor's budget proposal is the first step in the development of the budget for FY18, which begins July 1. The House and Senate will release their own budget recommendations in April and May, respectively. The two chambers must then agree on a final tax and spending plan, and then send it back to the Governor for final approval.
See Mass Cultural Council's Advocacy Action Center for updates on the budget process and for the latest data on the nonprofit cultural sector’s contributions to the Massachusetts economy and quality of life.
About the Mass Cultural Council
The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. The Mass Cultural Council's total budget for this fiscal year is $16.1 million, which includes a $14 million state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Mass Cultural Council also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.