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Waltham cultural groups see increase in state grants this year

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 5, 2013 03:02 PM

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A number of Waltham cultural organizations and groups received an increase in yearly grants rewarded by a state agency after the Legislature voted to boost the grant-givers' budget this year.

Eight Waltham groups are receiving a total of $41,690 in grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency that supports the arts and humanities. That amount is up from Waltham's collective $36,540 last year, according to state Sen. Mike Barrett's office.

Most of the agencies saw an increase this year after the council received a $1.6 million budget increase from the state Legislature and governor, Barrett said in a statement.

The council uses the annually-granted funds to help pay for a range of cultural services for local residents, while also supporting nonprofit jobs, Barrett said.

“The grants ensure that the cultural resources unique to my district and other cultural work across the state continue to thrive and enrich people’s lives,” Barrett said. “The new state funding for the arts, humanities and sciences will have a meaningful impact.”

Local recipients awarded grants include:

  • Waltham Cultural Council: $13,790
  • Community Outreach Group, Inc.: $3,500
  • Gore Place Society, Inc.: $6,200
  • Jazz Composers Alliance, Inc.: $3,500
  • Musicians of the Old Post Road, Inc.: $3,200
  • MusicUnitesUS at Brandeis: $2,500
  • National Center for Jewish Film, Inc.: $5,500
  • Robert Treat Paine Estate: $3,500

For more information, visit the agency's website.

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