Arts and the Public Dollar

Quote by Anita Walker of the Mass Cultural Council: Artists, writers, and historians produce a priceless record of our civilzation. And the public dollar ensures that that record belongs to and is co-authored by the citizens of this nation.Quote by Anita Walker, executive director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Last month, various news outlets reported that federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is in danger of elimination. Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker summarized the possible funding threat in a recent essay exploring the arts, democracy, and the legacy of President John F. Kennedy, whose efforts led to the creation of NEA and NEH.

Supporters of arts and culture in the Commonwealth can be gratified to know that elimination of arts and culture funding is not expected on a state level, at least not in the near term. Governor Baker’s recently announced budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 includes a small increase for arts and culture funding in Massachusetts. The Governor’s budget proposal is the first step in a months-long process involving both the State Senate and House.

See MCC’s Advocacy Action Center for updates on the budget process and for the latest data on the nonprofit cultural sector’s contributions to the Massachusetts economy and quality of life.

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