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Tewksbury Receives $8,900 For Cultural Programs

Sep 03, 2015 11:55AM ● By Bill Gilman

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the office of State Sen. Barbara L'Italien.)

BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Cultural Council has approved $12 million for statewide nonprofit cultural organizations, local cultural councils, schools and artists, including $8,900 for the Tewksbury Cultural Council, State Sen. Barbara L’Italien announced today.

Sen. L’Italien, who represents the communities of Tewksbury, Dracut, Andover and Lawrence, said the grants will support a broad range of cultural activities that benefit local residents while supporting jobs in the nonprofit cultural sector.

The money was made available in the new state budget and includes a $2 million boost over last year approved by the Legislature in August.

The grants are designed to foster cultural awareness and creativity among youth, economic activity and community-based arts, humanities and science programs.

“These cultural grants help to ensure that the unique cultural programs in my district and the extraordinary cultural activities across Massachusetts continue to thrive and benefit our resident today and for years to come,” Sen. L’Italien said.  “Our support of the arts, humanities and sciences enriches our communities, strengthens our economy, and helps our young people explore their creativity in school and beyond.”

The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency that supports 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.

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