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Applications open for 2022-2023 Boston Cultural Council grants
What is the Boston Cultural Council?
The Boston Cultural Council (BCC) works under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. Every year, we distribute funds in the form of Boston Cultural Council Organizational Grants. These funds support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming. The goal is to enhance the quality of life in our City.WHO WE ARE
Council members are Boston residents appointed by the Mayor. They serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. Council members are picked based on:
- their commitment to Boston’s cultural community, and
- their knowledge of various arts disciplines.
We review applications to evaluate the quality of proposed programming and potential benefit to Boston. We make sure grants respond to the needs of the cultural community. We also make sure the best practices for grant solicitation, review, and disbursement are followed.
In 2018, we developed an equity statement. Our goal is to further promote cultural, economic, and racial diversity in the arts. You can read our statement below:
To truly thrive, Boston must be an equitable city. For the Boston Cultural Council, equity means equal access to resources and equal value of all cultural traditions and expressions. Equity operates as an out-loud process of actively reflecting, including, and rewarding cultural, economic, and racial diversity in the arts. The BCC actively encourages the creativity and engagement of all. We do this through our grantmaking guided by the Boston Creates cultural plan. Our grants emphasize fair opportunity, accessibility and understanding of Boston’s arts and cultural communities. Our programmatic, financial, and informational resources also pro-actively encourage equity and inclusion within the organizations we support.
2023 Boston Cultural Council Grantees
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