June 15 2018,  Malden

Senator Jason Lewis Secures Funding for the Malden ArtLine in FY19 Senate Budget

The Massachusetts Senate has passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget, and Senator Jason Lewis is pleased to announce the passage of a budget amendment to fund the Malden ARTLine.

Senator Lewis secured a budget amendment for $25,000 in funding which will promote the continued growth and success of the ARTLine project, an endeavor inspired by locales such as the High Line, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and the mural festivals in Lynn and Worcester.

“The burgeoning art scene in the city of Malden should be a point of pride for the entire community” said Senator Lewis. “I’m proud to advocate for the funding that this program needs to continue to grow and thrive.”

“Increased state funding would allow Malden Arts to install more murals and sculptures in Phase 1 of the ARTLine,” said Naomi Brave of Malden. “Our call to artists and call for walls is going out next month, and every additional dollar we can raise will spread the art further along the trail. There have been preliminary discussions for using additional state funds for a large sculpture in Linden Sq, an additional gathering hub in Maplewood, and additional murals along the trail.”

With the passage of the FY19 budget in the Senate, both the Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives have named conference committee members who will work to draft a final budget, compromising on differences between the two houses.  That final budget will then go to Governor Charles Baker’s desk for his signature.

Fiscal Year 2019 begins on July 1, 2018.

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