Representative Steven Howitt announced that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded grants totaling $18,950 to cultural organizations, schools and communities in his district.
He reflected that these grants support a wide variety of cultural activities and projects that will benefit local residents, while supporting jobs in the nonprofit cultural sector. This announcement was made as part of MCC’s statewide funding program. The funding program will benefit in 2014 from a $1.6 million increase to its state appropriation approved by the Legislature which was signed by Governor Deval Patrick this past July.
“MCC grants will help to ensure that the unique cultural resources in our Towns of Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk and Swansea as well as the extraordinary cultural activity across the Commonwealth continue to thrive and benefit our citizens today and for years to come,” Representative Howitt said. “The impact of state support for the arts, humanities and sciences is significant and critical to the very core of artistic and academic pursuits. I’m truly pleased to announce these new grants today.”
Included below is information on the four local Cultural Councils which are benefitting from MCC grants in 2014 along with contact information for those wishing to learn more:
Norton Cultural Council, $5,490
Naomi Viglas, Chair
70 E. Main Street
Norton, MA 02766-2320
Rehoboth Cultural Council, $4,250
Maureen Whittemore, Chair
148R Peck Street
Rehoboth, MA 02769
Seekonk Cultural Council, $4,250
William Clark, Chair
Seekonk Town Hall
100 Peck Street
Seekonk, MA 02771-5199
Swansea Cultural Council, $4,960
Debbie Fiore, Chair
Swansea Town Hall
81 Main Street
Swansea, MA 02777-4616
These local grants were part of MCC’s $10 million statewide investment in nonprofits in the cultural sector. 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 (2013) 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 where you can also find more information on their important investments in the sector.