August 21, 2013 Representative Josh S.

Cutler State House Boston, MA 02133-1001 Dear Representative Cutler: We are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has approved $12,940 in funding for your district's local cultural councils. These grants have a significant impact in the communities you serve, supporting education, economic activity, and community vitality through the arts, humanities, and sciences. We invite you to spread this good news. Attached you will find a press release template to use for local media in your district. MCC supports cultural organizations, schools, local cultural councils, and artists in every city and town in Massachusetts. This fall, we will distribute $10 million in direct grants. If you have questions about this information, please contact Communications Director Greg Liakos at or 617/858-2720. Thank you for your continued support of the MCC and the citizens we serve. Sincerely,

Anita Walker Executive Director


FY2014 Local Cultural Council Program Allocations for Local Regranting Representative Josh S. Cutler

Duxbury Cultural Council Jan Schwartz, Chair Duxbury Town Hall 878 Tremont Street Duxbury, MA 02332-4455 781/934-1100 Betty Ciccarelli, Chair 542 Liberty Street Hanson, MA 02341-1627 $4,250

Hanson Cultural Council


Pembroke Cultural Council

Linda McCollum, Chair Town Hall 100 Center Street Pembroke, MA 02359-2217 781/293-6771


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2013 CONTACT: [Representative/Senator Name; Phone Number]

[Representative/Senator Name] announces state grants totaling [Total Grant Amount] will go to nonprofit cultural organizations and schools in [district].

[Town/City, MA] -- [Representative/Senator Name] today announced that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded grants totaling [Total Grant Amount] to cultural organizations, schools, and communities in [his/her] district. [Representative/Senator Last Name] said these grants support a wide variety of cultural activities and projects that benefit local residents, while supporting jobs in the nonprofit cultural sector. The announcement was made as part of MCC’s statewide funding program which benefits in FY14 from a $1.6 million increase to its state appropriation approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in July. “MCC grants help to ensure that the unique cultural resources in my district and the extraordinary cultural activity across the Commonwealth continue to thrive and benefit our citizens today and for years to come,” [Representative/Senator Last Name] said. “The impact of state support for the arts, humanities, and sciences is significant; I’m delighted to announce these new grants today.” Local recipients awarded grants include: [Use only the paragraphs that apply to your district.] The grants were part of MCC’s $10 million statewide investment in the nonprofit cultural sector. The agency announced grants statewide in the following programs:  Cultural Investment Portfolio: $4.1 million The Cultural Investment Portfolio comprises 388 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 $55,000. Local Cultural Councils: $2.63 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 $4,250 for the smallest towns to $96,180 for Springfield and $152,020 for Boston, according to a formula that reflects the state's local aid system.

Creative Minds: Education in School and Out of School: $1.4 million 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. STARS Residencies place artists, scientists and other creative teachers in schools. 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. Big Yellow School Bus provides grants to help schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to cultural institutions in Massachusetts. 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.

Creative Economy Initiatives: $820,000 MCC has been supporting creative economy initiatives throughout Massachusetts for more than a decade. In 2004, the Legislature created the Adams Arts Program, which funds projects that create jobs and income, revitalize downtowns, and increase cultural tourism. Adams funded projects leverage the assets of the creative sector – artists, cultural organizations, and arts-related businesses – inherent in Massachusetts’ communities, to generate real income. ArtistLink is a collaborative effort to create a stable environment for Massachusetts artists as they seek workspace and housing. ArtistLink achieves this mission by providing individual artists, developers, and municipalities with targeted information and technical assistance and by advocating for relevant policy changes at the state level. The Cultural Data Project measures the economic impact of the nonprofit cultural sector. Mass Humanities: $418,298 The MCC provides an annual partnership grant to Mass Humanities, which supports public programs in history, literature, and other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in the Commonwealth.

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 $11.2 million, which includes annual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, please visit .

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