Thursday, March 11, 2021

Power of Culture - March 2021

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Graphic banner with Mass Cultural Council logo and the copy "Culture elevates." Banner photo credit: Mural, Lynn Cultural District.
Power of Culture

One Year Later: Cultural Sector in Economic Crisis Due to Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Empty interior of Huntington Theatre Company's theater

Cultural Organizations Report $588.3M in Lost Revenue; Artists Cite $30.4M in Lost Income; 30K Cultural Jobs Impacted Statewide

One year after the coronavirus arrived in Massachusetts, disrupting every aspect of life for residents, communities, and businesses, Mass Cultural Council is releasing updated economic data measuring the COVID-19 pandemic's staggering impact on the Commonwealth's cultural sector for the fifth time.

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FY22 State Budget Request: $20M for Arts & Culture

Mass Cultural Council seeks a state appropriation of $20 million for FY22, a $1.82 million increase from the current fiscal year. The Agency will invest these resources into a portfolio of programs and services that enhance, support, and promote the cultural sector in every corner of the Commonwealth and provide stability for artists and cultural organizations as they continue to rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In support of this budget request, Executive Director Michael J. Bobbitt submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on Ways & Means yesterday.

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Nearly $1.2M Awarded through COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals

Elizabeth Alexander (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow '11) at work in her studio.
Mass Cultural Council has awarded $1,171,500 through the COVID-19 Relief Fund for Individuals, making $1,500 grants to 781 individual artists and individual teaching artists, humanists, and scientists across Massachusetts whose creative practices and incomes have been impacted by COVID-19 related cancellations and closures. Read More.

About the Mass Cultural Council

The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

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