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An artist at the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center TThe Massachusetts Cultural Council has invested in cultural economic development for more than two decades by supporting initiatives that foster the use of cultural assets to boost the state’s economy.

The Council initially provided grants through its Cultural Economic Development Program from 1997-2002. That program was suspended following a 62% cut in the state’s allocation to the Council. In 2004, with restored funding from the Legislature, the program was renamed the John and Abigail Adams Arts Program and relaunched.

For over 12 years, the MCC has consistently provided funds and technical assistance to efforts that include cultural organizations and artists in the design of community and economic development strategies locally. In many cases, MCC funds have provided the patient capital that has allowed initiatives to establish themselves in our cities and towns.

The MCC is very proud of the work that has been accomplished by so many partners in projects across the Commonwealth.

Throughout 2016, we have been considering how to direct future funds to most effectively advance a cultural economic development agenda, and have determined that we need to reposition and relaunch this work in ways that better reflect the Massachusetts creative economy of 2017. This effort is in its nascent stages, but we wanted to let you know that FY17 (July1, 2016- June 30, 2017) will be the last year of the Adams Arts Program.

We fully intend to build upon the substantial foundation that has been laid, and will continue to keep you informed in the coming months.

Please contact Meri Jenkins if you have any questions.

Thank you for all that you do to ensure that Massachusetts is truly a creative place to live and work.

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