Senator Lesser announced that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded grants totaling $86,500 to cultural organizations, schools and communities in the First Hampden & Hampshire District.
A total of $14,300 in grants will support cultural organizations and schools, along with $72,200 in funding for town cultural councils, which support local arts and history, school field trips and local concerts and exhibitions.
“These grants support a broad range of cultural activities – everything from community concerts to arts education in public schools, while also supporting jobs in the vibrant arts and culture sector,” Senator Lesser said. “Our support for the arts, humanities and sciences strengthens our economy, and helps our young people explore their creativity in school and beyond.”
The announcement was made as part of the MCC’s statewide funding program, which received a $2.16 million increase to its state appropriation in the FY’16 Budget. Senator Lesser, as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, was a co-sponsor of the funding increase.
The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences and humanities. It aims to improve the quality of life for residents of Massachusetts through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities and artists.