Moore announces state grants to benefit cultural community
September 11, 2012 ... Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, today announced that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded grants totaling $65,260 to cultural organizations, schools, and communities across the Worcester & Norfolk district.
Sen. Moore said these grants support a wide variety of cultural activities and projects that benefit local residents, while supporting jobs in the non-profit cultural sector. The announcement was made as part of MCC’s statewide funding program.
"As a member of the Legislature's Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, I am delighted to announce these new grants today," said Moore. “MCC grants help to ensure that the unique cultural resources in my district and the extraordinary breadth of cultural activity across the Commonwealth continue to flourish and benefit our citizens today and for years to come. The impact of state support for the arts, humanities, and sciences is significant.”
Local recipients awarded grants include:
The grants were part of an $8 million statewide investment in the non-profit cultural sector. In total, the MCC issued $2.3 million to local cultural councils throughout the Commonwealth. These councils are the most extensive public cultural funding network in the nation. The more than 329 local councils and more than 2,000 volunteers support local arts and history, fund school field trips, and sponsor local concerts and exhibitions.
"In making these grant announcements, I want to give special commendation to the dedicated volunteers who serve on our local cultural councils, and applaud the many fine cultural groups and individuals who enrich our lives through their creativity and dedication to a wide variety of art forms," Sen. Moore added.
The Massachusetts 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 non-profit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC's total budget for the current fiscal year is $11.2 million, which includes annual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, please visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.