News

Sep 23
Representative John W. Scibak announced that grants totaling $19,130 have been awarded to cultural organizations, schools, and communities in his district by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).These grants support a variety of cultural activities that benefit local residents. The announcement was made as part of a statewide funding program by the MCC. Local recipients awarded grants include:
ECA+ (Easthampton Cultural Council)

$6,280

Hadley Cultural Council

$3,870

South Hadley Cultural Council

$5,980

Multi Arts, Inc.

$3,000

The grants were part of MCC’s $6.5 million statewide investment in the nonprofit cultural sector.  The agency announced grants statewide in the following programs:
  • Cultural Investment Portfolio: $3.4 million
The Cultural Investment Portfolio comprises 382 nonprofit arts, humanities, and science organizations across Massachusetts. These organizations connect children and adults to theatre, music, visual arts, and film; teach them about history, literature, and the natural environment; and introduce them to new languages and cultures. Cultural Investment Portfolio grants must be matched one to one, and range from $2,500 to $50,000.
  • Local Cultural Council Program: $2.3 million
Local Cultural Councils (LCCs) comprise the most extensive public cultural funding network in the nation. They provide funding to every Massachusetts city and town through 329 local councils and more than 2,300 volunteers. The councils support local arts and history, fund school field trips, and sponsor local concerts and exhibitions. Grants to local councils range from $3,870 for the smallest towns to $74,270 for Worcester and $133,320 for Boston, according to a formula that reflects the state's local aid system.
  • Creative Minds: Education in School and Out of School: $922,000
MCC works to ensure that all children have access to high-quality, creative learning experiences through grants, services, and advocacy for schools, communities, and nonprofit cultural organizations.
  1. STARS Residencies place artists, scientists and other creative teachers in schools.
  2. The YouthReach Initiative makes grants to cultural and community-based organizations to support in-depth arts, humanities, and science programs for young people at risk.
  3. Big Yellow School Bus is a partnership with the Bank of America Charitable Foundation that provides grants to help schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to cultural institutions in Massachusetts.
  4. Poetry Out Loud is a national competition in which high school students memorize and perform poetry real poems and explore the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken work, and theatre in their English and Drama classes.
  • Partnerships: $380,000
 The MCC will also provide annual grants to MassHumanities, which supports public programs in history, literature, and other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in the Commonwealth; and the New England Foundation for the Arts for regional creative economy initiatives and programs for Massachusetts artists. About the Massachusetts Cultural Council The MCC 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 nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC's total budget for the current fiscal year is $10 million, which includes annual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, please visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.