"The tradition in this state… of public support for
the arts goes all the way back to the original Constitution — written
by John Adams — which says it will be the public duty of the government
to support the arts, support the sciences, to support education,
for all levels of society. We’ve got to raise children to appreciate
— Historian David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize
and winner of a 1999 Commonwealth Award
Adams Arts Program
Support through the disbursement of cultural economic development
grants including grants for cultural activities that have the capacity
to revitalize communities, stimulate income, create or enhance jobs,
and attract tourism.
Fellowships to artists in recognition of exceptional work.
Big Yellow School Bus
Provides grants to help schools meet the costs of providing educational field trips to cultural institutions and events across the Commonwealth.
An initiative of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the goal
of the Fund is to increase investments from both the public sector
and the private sector to support the sound planning and development
of cultural facilities in Massachusetts.
A fresh approach to unrestricted funding for nonprofit arts, humanities, and interpretive science organizations. Not a traditional grant program, but a partnership that will better position the cultural sector as vital components of Massachusetts' economy and the quality of life of our citizens.
Local Cultural Council Program
Local Cultural Councils serving every city and town in Massachusetts
offer grants to projects benefiting their community.
England States Touring Program (NEST)
A cooperative program between the New England Foundation for the
Arts (NEFA) and the state arts agencies of New England that provides
support to nonprofits for performances, readings, and related community
activities by artists that have met the eligibility criteria for
the NEST Program. Become
a NEST-eligible Artist (PDF).
Grants to schools for residencies of 3 days or more with teaching artists, scientists, scholars, or cultural organizations.
Traditional Arts Apprenticeships
A part of the Folk Arts and
Heritage Program, apprenticeships support the teaching of traditional
arts that are specific to a particular folk group or ethnic community.
Multi-year grants for partnerships that provide substantive arts
activities for young people "at-risk."