Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences, fosters a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents, and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy. https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/
The MCC supports Local Cultural Council Programs like the Springfield Cultural Council. Local Cultural Councils serve every city and town in Massachusetts to offer grants to projects benefiting their community. https://www.mass-culture.org/Springfield
The Springfield Central Cultural District was designated by the MCC in 2014. It encompases an area in downtown Springfield MA with East West borders of Columbus Street to Spring Street and North South borders of State Street to Hampden Streets. The MCC designates and supports Cultural Districts, to deliver powerful cultural experiences to everyone in our communities. https://springfieldculture.org/
Springfield Cultural Compact: In 2018, the Springfield Central Cultural District, Springfield Cultural Council, City of Springfield and the Mass Cultural Council partnered to form the Springfield Cultural Compact. The three partners work exclusively on cultural activities to boost the local economy through creative expression separately, signed a “cultural compact” on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Springfield City Hall, to increase collaboration and partnership, together.
The compact includes regular meetings and communication as well as Springfield-specific goals like integrating public art into the metro center, also known as downtown.