BOSTON – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and State Representatives Cory Atkins (D-Concord) and Jen Benson (D-Lunenburg) and 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.

“Arts and Culture create jobs on main street, knit our communities together, and enrich our daily lives,” said Representative Cory Atkins, House Chair of the Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development. “I am always pleased to see state cultural funding coming to Acton.”

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 the Discovery Museums and Arts Are Essential, and the extraordinary cultural activity across the Commonwealth continue to thrive and benefit our residents today and for years to come,” said Senator Eldridge. “The impact of state support for the arts, humanities, and sciences is significant and I’m delighted to announce these new grants with Representatives Atkins and Benson.”

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

$10,500 – The Discovery Museums of Acton

$3,500 – Arts Are Essential, Inc of Acton

$8,500 – Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council

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