Our Vision for Communities
The Community Initiative
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There is no community without culture: it defines our understanding of the world, provides us with a shared language, and creates meaningful connections between people, places, and institutions. More specifically, culture enriches the quality of life and well-being of individuals and families across Massachusetts. That’s why we support Local Cultural Councils, festival organizers, Cultural Districts, and artists and nonprofit cultural organizations to deliver powerful cultural experiences to everyone in our communities.
The Community Initiative
Local Cultural Councils serving every city and town in Massachusetts offer grants to projects benefiting their community
An initiative to allow communities to create state-sponsored cultural districts to stimulate new arts and cultural activity and attract creative businesses
Grants and resources to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting, and developing audiences.
A guide for improving audience development and engagement, a project between Mass Cultural Council and ArtsBoston.
One-year project grants for specific, eligible, public programming (not for general operating support). Cultural Districts and Local Cultural Councils that do their own cultural programs are able to apply if they meet the other eligibility requirements
Two-year operating support grants, designed to be the entry, or gateway, into the Cultural Investment Portfolio. Cultural Districts and Local Cultural Councils that do their own cultural programs are able to apply if they meet the other eligibility requirements
Nonprofit cultural organizations and municipalities that own cultural facilities may be eligible to apply for Cultural Facilities Fund grants
A Mass Cultural Council initiative that advances the role of culture as a protective factor for the health of everyone in the Commonwealth
A program to reimburse non-profit cultural organizations that accept social prescriptions from professional care providers.
A complete list of our programs and services - share with your community
Resources to connect you with existing spaces or to help develop new spaces
A weekly round-up of residencies, grants, calls to artists, publications, and more
Post or find cultural employment opportunities throughout Mass using our free, searchable database
A selection of arts resources for veterans - share with your community
Mass Cultural Council is working to invest financial, programmatic, and informational resources equitably.