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"I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist."
- President John F. Kennedy, 1963, Amherst College

There are few places in America as rich in arts and culture as Massachusetts, and artists are at the center of this vibrant creative life. Through color, form, language, sound, and movement, artists help interpret our past, understand the present, and envision our future. Their work breaks down barriers and helps us appreciate what it means to be human. Holly Lynton (Photography Fellow ’13), Les, Amber, Honeybees, Honeybees, New Mexico (2008).

In a time when many sources of direct funding for individual artists have been reduced or eliminated, the Mass Cultural Council is proud to provide unrestricted grants for artists to promote the further development of their talents.

Mass Cultural Council's Artist Fellowships recognize exceptional work by Massachusetts artists across a range of disciplines. These highly competitive awards provide artists crucial validation among their peers and the public. They catalyze artistic advancement and pave the way for creative innovation of enduring cultural value. Read about some of the most prominent fellows in the program's history.

Studio of Stephanie Chubbuck (Crafts Fellow ’15), photo by Scott Erb of Erb Photography.Mass Cultural Council publicizes its artist awards through the Gallery@MCC, an online showcase of finalists and winners, and on the ArtSake blog. For information on applying for an Artist Fellowship, please see the program guidelines.

In addition to fellowships, Mass Cultural Council supports artists through its other funding programs and services. Grants through Mass Cultural Council's Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, Local Cultural Council, STARS Residencies, Cultural Investment Portfolio, YouthReach, and SerHacer, programs all help provide employment for thousands of artists throughout the state.

Massachusetts has been awarding fellowships to artists since 1975. The 40 Years of Fellowships project shares the stories of some of the incredible artists funded in that time.


ArtSake - a blog about new art + the creative processFor more information on Mass Cultural Council's work with artists, please contact a member of our Artists Department.

To dig into the creative, innovative work of Massachusetts artists, visit ArtSake.

Images (top-bottom): Holly Lynton (Photography Fellow ’13), Les, Amber, Honeybees, New Mexico (2008); studio of Stephanie Chubbuck (Crafts Fellow ’15), photo by Scott Erb of Erb Photography.

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