The Oakham Cultural Council is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, whose mission is:
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.
The arts, sciences and humanities have the power to build healthier, more livable, more vital communities. They enrich, exalt and provoke. They are an essential part of a strong educational system. They contribute enormously to our economy. They build bridges across cultures. They can be used to address - or better yet, prevent some of our most stubborn social problems. They help us interpret our past and shape our future.
MCC recieves an annual appropriation from the State Legislature and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wallace Foundations and others. Details on our budget are available online. In turn, MCC makes thousands of grants directly to non-profit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and individual artists through funding programs that use arts, science and the humanities to build strong, diverse, livable communities. The beneficiaries of these programs comprise a cross-section of the population and citizens in each city and town.