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January 22, 2016

Vibrant Boston Arts Scene Lags in Public Funding, Study Says

Boston has one of the most active cultural sectors among major U.S. cities but lags behind other urban areas in institutional and government support, The Boston Globe writes, citing a report released Thursday. The study, commissioned by the Boston Foundation, assessed the breadth and fiscal health of arts organizations in 11 major metropolitan centers.

Boston rated among the leaders in number of culture nonprofits per capita and in earned revenue, for example from ticket sales. But its arts groups received comparatively low corporate and foundation support, and the city ranked last in per-capita government culture funding. Mayor Martin Walsh announced a $1 million boost in arts funding earlier this week, and the city's chief arts and culture officer, Julie Burros, is leading a large-scale cultural-planning process called Boston Creates.