Cultural Vitality

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The Boston Foundation believes that culture is integral to the educational, economic and social fabric of the lives of those living in Greater Boston and Massachusetts.  Vibrant cultural scenes vitalize communities and enhance the lives of those inhabiting them while attracting new residents, visitors, restaurants and other businesses.

The Commonwealth’s cultural institutions are world-renowned for being an integral part of our civic identity. Concurrently, these organizations—small and large—struggle for the resources to maintain facilities, innovate and present new work.

The Boston Foundation’s civic leadership has allowed information about the state’s cultural sector and support for its continued vitality to be strengthened. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting best practices that build organizational capacity for the field by addressing demand and capitalization. In collaboration with its partners, the Boston Foundation also works to sustain the canons of global cultures, nurture new interpretations of those varied traditions, advance community and economic development through asset-based cultural engagement and increase access to culturally competent arts education for young people.

Culture is Our Common Wealth, one of the Foundation's four reports on the arts, drew attention to the dire state of the Commonwealth’s cultural infrastructure.  Its findings led directly to the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, which has allowed for more than 200 nonprofit arts, history and science organizations to receive grants totaling $50 million since 2007, has leveraged thousands of jobs for architects, engineers, contractors and construction workers and garnered $837 million in additional support.