Somerville arts and cultural organizations received $58,690 in grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, according to an announcement sent from Somerville State Sen. Patricia Jehlen.
The bulk of the grant money, $40,890, went to the Somerville Arts Council, which organizes things like PorchFest and culinary tours of Union Square and which makes local grants to artists in Somerville.
Other organizations receiving grants, according to the announcement, include: Mudflat Pottery School ($4,300), Somerville Community Access Television ($2,500), Somerville Museum ($3,000), Eagle Eye Institute ($5,000) and Boston Musica Viva ($3,000).
Jehlen said in a statement, "These MCC grants help encourage the thriving arts community in Somerville and will benefit all of the city’s residents."
State Rep. Denise Provost said about the grants, "Massachusetts is wise to recognize the importance of the 'creative economy' to prosperity in the 21st century."
State Rep. Carl Sciortino said the grants "will provide opportunities for the next generation of city residents to engage and grow in the arts," and State Rep. Timothy Toomey said, "I’m proud of the Commonwealth’s continued commitment to the arts, and I know these MCC grants will help our local artists reach new heights.”