The County Council’s approved FY2023 budget includes nearly $6.8 million for the annual budget of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, officials announced.
“[The appropriation] represents a significant increase over the FY22 budget and flat funding for public art,” according to a press release.
“Recovery remains slow for our creative economy and many other local industries; receiving this support demonstrates the county’s commitment to invest in the full recovery and stability of our arts and humanities sector,” added Dana Pauley, AHCMC board chair.
The budget includes $6,339,106 for AHCMC grants and administration and an additional $408,000 for the Public Arts Trust.
The grants budget of $5.6 million will be used for project grants, individual artist/scholar grants, Wheaton cultural projects, advancement grants, and arts residencies in schools. Grants are administered through the AHCMC’s usual grants process and can be used for general operating support, creative project support, and capacity building projects.
The FY23 budget goes into effect July 1.
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