The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been supporting artists for 40 years through the Artist Fellowships Program. To help illuminate why, Mass Cultural Council has asked past awardees going all the way back to 1975 to share their personal stories of receiving the state award for artistic excellence.
The following gallery compiles of some of those stories, which tell of much-needed funding to expand projects, encouragement to take artistic chances, and the gift of time and space to grow into new directions. The reminiscences range from the ’70s through to recent years.
Watch for future galleries from the history of the Artist Fellowships Program, and if you’re a past awardee, visit our Alumni Book to tell us your story.