BOSTON – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and State Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow) are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has awarded grants to cultural organizations in their districts and also approved funding for local cultural councils.

“These grants support a wide variety of cultural activities and projects that benefit local residents in our districts, while also supporting jobs in the nonprofit cultural sector,” said Representative Hogan.

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 our districts like Acme Theater Productions and Symphony Pro Musica Society, and the extraordinary cultural activity across the Commonwealth continue to thrive and benefit our residents today and for years to come,” Senator Eldridge said. “The impact of state support for the arts, humanities, and sciences is significant and I’m delighted to announce these new grants with Representative Hogan.”

The grants were part of MCC’s $10 million statewide investment this fall in the nonprofit cultural sector.

Local recipients that were awarded direct grants:

$3,500 – Acme Theater Productions, Inc. of Maynard

$3,500 – Symphony Pro Musica Society, Inc. of Hudson

Local cultural council programs that will receive funding:

$5,270 – Hudson Cultural Council

$4,250 – Maynard Cultural Council

$4,250 – Stow Cultural Council

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.

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