Boston Dance Alliance is proud to have endorsed MASSCreative’s recent letter to State Representative Aaron Michlewitz calling for increased funding of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The letter is as follows.
Dear Chairman Aaron Michlewitz,
As the Conference Committee meets to negotiate differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY20 state budget, please support the Senate version in regards to the Mass Cultural Council (line item 0640-0300). This version funds the Mass Cultural Council at $18 million and includes language that will ensure that the state cultural agency will be able to continue to provide both grants and services to the creative community.
The combination of equitable public funding and services provided by the Mass Cultural Council allows cultural organizations and artists to create greater opportunities for all residents to experience creativity and to see their culture reflected in artistic expression.
As leaders of arts and cultural organizations in the 3rd Suffolk district, we see everyday the direct impact our sector has on the wellbeing of your constituents.
ArtsBoston’s Arts Factor 2019 reported that over 21 million people attended an arts event last year in Greater Boston. That’s over four times the number of people who’ve attended all major Boston sports events combined. Last year, in Greater Boston alone, arts and culture directly contributed $2 billion in economic impact and created 30K jobs, nearly equal to that of retail.
In addition to the economic impact, engagement in creative expression and cultural experiences breaks down barriers between communities, contributes to student success and is integral to social wellbeing.
The benefits the arts sector brings to our communities do not happen by accident. They are the result of strategic investments in Local Cultural Councils, working artists, cultural institutions, community groups, and youth programs by the Mass Cultural Council, which focuses on expanding equitable access to art for all residents.
Enclosed please find a fact sheet regarding the impact of the arts, culture and creativity in Massachusetts, a copy of the full Arts Factor 2019 report, an updated Mass Cultural Council funding list and further information regarding the programs Mass Cultural Council provides to organizations and individuals across the Commonwealth.