Following up on my post about Governor Charlie Baker’s veto to cut the arts and culture budget by more than 50%, on Sunday July 31st, both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Senate voted to override Baker’s veto.
Thanks to the leadership at MassCreative and to the thousands of artists and activists who urged their senators and representatives to restore funding to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can now continue to create jobs in the arts, revitalize main streets and invest in cultural institutions who in turn, pump millions of dollars into the state’s economy.
The unanimous vote in the Senate and a 156-2 vote in the House shows bipartisan support and demonstrate that the arts are here to stay. According to MassCreative, more than 12,000 messages were sent in support of overriding Baker’s veto which goes to show that we arts professionals can make a difference with our voices, sending the message that we matter.
Thank you MassCreative and all the artists and arts professionals for your dedication and leadership.