From jazz and independent film to sand sculpting and folk traditions, festivals are a core piece of our state's arts and culture ecosystem. Festivals build community, foster cultural exchange and understanding, and help tourism. They add a rich and vibrant texture to communities, and provide access to arts, heritage, and educational programs that engage wide and varied audiences.
The Festivals Program is designed to provide funding to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting, and developing audiences.
In the program's first round, 125 grants of $500 were awarded. Grant recipients also receive technical support from ArtsBoston in social media and best practices in data collection to create a framework to deepen the marketing and data collection capacity of festivals across the Commonwealth.