08.02.18

Massachusetts Increases Arts Funding For First Time In Four Years

“Gov. Charlie Baker last week vetoed the addition of the $2 million in funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the umbrella organization that distributes arts funding. This week … the Massachusetts Legislature overrode the governor’s veto, increasing the budget for the umbrella organization from $14.1 million to $16.1 million. It’s the first increase in four years.”

Congress Passes Slight Increase In NEA, NEH Budgets

The Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations Bill was approved by the the Senate with a 92-6 vote, after previously being passed by the House of Representatives. The new budget increases funding to the two agencies by $2.2 million compared to the 2018 budget. (That budget was only passed in March, despite the fact that the fiscal year begins in October.) The 2017 budget also included a $2 million increase for the agencies.

Central Park To Get Its First Statue Of A Woman

There are only five public statues of real women in New York City (excluding fictional characters like Alice in Wonderland and Mother Goose), while there are 145 sculptures of men, including statues of William Shakespeare and Ludwig van Beethoven, who are both in Central Park. “We are happy to have broken the bronze ceiling to create the first statue of real women in the 164-year history of Central Park.”