Mary Ellen —
Next week Governor Patrick will be sending his FY14 budget to the Massachusetts legislature for consideration.
Please sign MASSCreative’s petition to urge the Governor to restore state investment in the arts and cultural community by increasing the Massachusetts Cultural Council budget by $3 million to a total of $12.5 million.
Just ten years ago, the state invested more than $19 million in the creative community providing the creative community with the resources to run their programs to build connected and vibrant communities.
Signing the petition to increase in the MCC budget will help bring more resources to the hundreds of arts and cultural organizations that bring our communities together, spur economic activity and create places where we all want to live, work, play and visit.
With more investment, resources will increase to youth arts programs that help our young adults discover their voice through art, dance, performance and song. More investment will also increase the money flowing to Local Cultural Councils which provide grants to more than 1,500 grassroots community creative groups in each and every town across the Commonwealth.
In less than a week, more than 2,000 Massachusetts residents have added their names to the MASSCreative petition. Please add your name and pass this petition along to friends, family, and colleagues.
Matt Wilson, MASSCreative
P.S. This is MASSCreative’s first campaign to bring more resources and support to the creative community. Let’s kick it off with a bang.