FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2018
Contact: Gregory Liakos, Communications Director, 617-858-2720
Governor's Budget Proposes Level Funding for Mass Cultural Council
(Boston, MA) - Governor Charlie Baker released a state budget proposal today that would invest nearly $14 million in the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Mass Cultural Council for the coming fiscal year. The Governor's budget plan for Fiscal Year 2019 would maintain level state funding for the arts and culture.
Mass Cultural Council seeks a $17 million state appropriation, a roughly $3 million increase, for FY19. Executive Director Anita Walker said the agency will make the case for that increase to the Legislature in the coming months in concert with MASSCreative, Mass Humanities, Mass Artists Leaders Coalition, and their statewide networks of advocates.
To that end Mass Cultural Council has released a new case statement on the Power of Culture to grow our economy, enrich community life, empower a new generation, and advance equity and inclusion. The document builds off the agency’s new strategic plan with stories and data demonstrating the benefits of long-term reinvestment in the cultural sector.
“We thank Governor Baker for his support for the arts, humanities, and sciences,” said Walker. “This initial proposal recognizes culture as a vital force for economic prosperity and community vitality across Massachusetts. It represents a promising start to the budget process.”
The release of the Governor's budget proposal is the first step in the development of the budget for FY19, 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 our Advocacy 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 that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences, to improve our quality of life and contribute to the vitality of our communities. The agency pursues this mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. Its FY18 budget is $15.7 million, supported through a $14 million state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. Mass Cultural Council also runs the $10 million Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.