Earmark process in ARPA bill undermines racial equity goals

Arts funding steers $88 million to local projects pushed by lawmakers   

THE RECENTLY PASSED $4 billion state spending bill appears generous to the arts and culture sector, particularly groups with ties to communities of color. It includes $135 million to help the arts community recover from the COVID pandemic, with explicit instructions that the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state arts agency, “shall consider racial, geographic and(...)

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