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An artist at the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center The Adams Arts Program supports projects that revitalize communities, create jobs, grow creative industries, and increase engagement in cultural activities by Massachusetts residents and visitors.

MCC has supported creative economy initiatives throughout Massachusetts for more than a decade. Since its launch in 2005, the Adams Arts Program has invested $9.4 million in more than 100 projects statewide, from Pittsfield to Provincetown, involving more than 950 nonprofit organizations, businesses, and local governments. Adams-funded projects have raised more than $27 million in matching funds, making for a combined investment in the Massachusetts creative economy of nearly $38 million.

Business and government leaders agree that Massachusetts’ future prosperity is closely tied to the creative economy that last year accounted for 27,000 full-time, part-time, and independent contractor jobs and pumped $1.2 billion into the state’s economy through direct spending. Adams-funded projects leverage the assets of the creative sector – artists, cultural organizations, and arts-related businesses – to generate real income. Communities as diverse as Boston, Lowell, New Bedford, and Fitchburg have used Adams funds to more fully utilize these assets to benefit residents and visitors alike.

For additional information about applying to the Adams Arts Program, please refer to the application instructions.

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