Arts & Culture: An Investment in Our Local Community

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The Swampscott Cultural Council awarded grants to worthy local arts programs this week. Recipients include two plays at Swampscott Middle School, a grant to the Swampscott Recreation Department, and ReachArts.

The grants comes through the local Swampscott Cultural Council through the larger Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), funded through the state budget every year. I have long been a supporter of MCC funding, most recently co-sponsoring an amendment to add another two million dollars to the overall MCC budget for the 2017 fiscal year. Despite some budget constraints, arts and culture funding remains a priority.

The amount of joy that we receive from this relatively small amount of money cannot be overstated. Arts & culture enrich our community and have a measurable impact on our local economy and our health and wellbeing. As I said to the Swampscott Reporter, “I am thrilled to see the efforts of Swampscott’s arts volunteers come to fruition. Personal expression through the arts and humanities is vital for a healthy society, and I cannot wait to see how these grant funds enrich our community going forward.”

Preyel Patel