"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.
In a time when many sources of direct funding for individual artists
have been reduced or eliminated, the Massachusetts Cultural Council
is proud to provide unrestricted grants for artists to promote
the further development of their talents.
MCC'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.
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
In addition to fellowships, MCC supports artists through its
other funding programs and services. Grants through MCC's Traditional
Arts Apprenticeships, Local Cultural
Investment Portfolio, YouthReach,
and Adams Arts programs all help provide
employment for thousands of artists throughout the state.
MCC is involved in several statewide initiatives for artists, including:
ArtistLink, an effort to help artists, real estate developers, and communities develop work and living space for artists across Massachusetts; and MatchBook.org, a web site dedicated to helping New England's performing artists get increased visibility and employment.
more information on MCC's work with artists, please contact a
member of our Artists Department.
To dig into the creative, innovative work of Massachusetts artists,
Images (top-bottom): Mariko Kusumoto (Crafts Fellow ’11),
Ryounkaku (2007), metal sculpture, 27" x 9" x 1-1/2,"
photo by Dean Powell; Nicky Tavares (Film & Video Fellow ’11),
Still from Fwd: Update on My Life (2010); Stephen DiRado
(Photography Fellow ’11), Cara, Aquinnah, MA (2009),
Silver gelatin contact photograph, 9.5" x 7.5"