New State Grants Benefit Cultural Community

New State Grants Benefit Cultural Community

Representative Sánchez announces state grants totaling 96,289 will go to nonprofit cultural organizations and schools in the 15th Suffolk District

BOSTON – State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, today announced that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded grants totaling $96,289 to cultural organizations, schools, and communities in his district.

These grants support a broad range of cultural activities that benefit local residents, improve the quality of life for those in Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roslindale, and Brookline. “There is an amazing array of diverse cultures in the District, and these grants ensure groups are able to celebrate and share their unique culture with others,” Sánchez said. The announcement was made as part of MCC’s statewide funding program, which benefits from a $2 million increase to its state appropriation approved by the Legislature in August.

“MCC grants help to ensure that the unique cultural programs 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 Sánchez said. “Our support for the arts, humanities, and sciences enriches our communities, strengthens our economy, and helps our young people explore their creativity in school and beyond.”

The Office received numerous emails and phone calls in support of increasing funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a move that was overwhelmingly supported by the Legislature.

Local recipients awarded grants include:

Brookline Music School -- $15,200:

Cultural Investment Portfolio Program: to nurture interest and excellence in music and dance; offer first class instruction to the entire community, regardless of age or background; provide generous scholarship aid; sponsor a full schedule of public concerts and events.

 The Hyde Square Task Force, Inc. -- $21,089:

John and Abigail Adams Arts Program: to engage residents and draw visitors to Boston's Latin

Quarter in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood through interactive, inclusive, multi-generational outdoor cultural events that connect and foster relationships among residents, artists and businesses in the Jamaica Plain community.

The Hyde Square Task Force, Inc. -- $15,000:

YouthReach Program: for an afterschool Afro-Latin dance program to promote the artistic growth and

personal resilience of low-income, minority Boston teens and help them become successful and civically

engaged artists and individuals.

 Metropolitan Wind Symphony, Inc. -- $3,800:

Cultural Investment Portfolio Program: to provide opportunities for Massachusetts musicians to rehearse and perform traditional and contemporary wind literature in a stimulating and educational atmosphere for diverse Massachusetts audiences.

 musiConnects -- $15,000

YouthReach Program: To use intensive, ensemble music making as a vehicle for Creative Youth Development in the Commonwealth.

Sociedad Latina, Inc. -- $15,000:

YouthReach Program: for intensive music education, instrument lessons, and career exploration to Boston

youth.

 Sociedad Latina, Inc. -- $2,500:

Cultural Investment Portfolio Program: to teach youth artists ages 14-18 technical skills that will allow them to write, record and produce a full-length CD of 8-10 cover songs and original compositions.

 Spontaneous Celebrations, Inc. -- $4,100:

Cultural Investment Portfolio Program: to create and sustain a community cultural life that unites and empowers youth, families and communities for change through the creative arts, to produce seasonal community celebrations in the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury neighborhoods, and to maintain a diverse community cultural center for all.

 Voices Boston -- $4,600:

Cultural Investment Portfolio Program: to transform children into performing artists through training in voice, drama and dance, and empower them to engage with audiences in profound ways.

Total FY16 Direct Grants: $96,289

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 $15.7 million, which includes annual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, please visit www.massculturalcouncil.org .

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