Erica Sigal

Dance in the Schools endorsed 2019-01-24 21:26:59 -0500

MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day 2019 Partners

On March 26, 2019, the creative community will come together for Creativity Connects: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day to show our state political leaders that arts and creativity should be an expected, recognized, and valued part of everyday life.

Beginning at Emerson Paramount Center in downtown Boston, MASSCreative's 3rd Arts Advocacy Day will include speakers, performers, and a march through the Boston Common to the State House to meet with our legislators about arts and cultural issues.

As an Arts Advocacy Day Partner, you are invited to:

  • Have your name and organization in our program and on materials distributed to legislators.
  • Recruit staff or community members to attend Arts Advocacy Day.
  • Help schedule meetings with your State Senator and State Representative.
  • Publicize Arts Advocacy Day both online and in person.

RSVP to attend Creativity Connects: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day on March 26 in Boston.


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Dance in the Schools endorsed 2015-12-17 22:50:07 -0500

Add your voice: MBTA and public art

Dear General Manager DePaola and Secretary Pollack,

We are writing to thank you for reinstating funding to the Integral Art projects on the Green Line Extension. We applaud this development, and encourage you to also reinstate funding for the entire Integral Art Program, including the Chelsea Silver Line, Blue Hill Avenue, and Wollaston Stations.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has a rich 48-year history of public art, and a legacy as the nation's first public art program of its kind. Public transportation is one of the great equalizers here in the Commonwealth, and the artwork created for our MBTA stations not only beautifies the stations, but also creates a sense of place and community ownership for people in every walk of life, no matter their neighborhood or income.

We understand the fiscal challenges the MBTA currently faces, yet we encourage you to acknowledge the extraordinary value that this small portion of the overall budget can put towards genuinely vibrant T Stations through the MBTA’s Integral Art Program. 


Dance in the Schools endorsed 2015-11-12 10:53:42 -0500

Arts For All Letter of Support

GOAL: 200

Support one year of high school arts education as an admission requirement to the Massachusetts state university system

Dear Carlos Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education and Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education,

Due to education reform efforts of the past 20 years, Massachusetts public schools have been required to shift focus to the “tested” subjects of reading, math, and science. This emphasis often pushes arts education to a secondary status in our students’ schooling.

Arts education — dance, media arts, music, theatre/drama, visual arts — is a necessary component for the development of the “whole child,” enabling each individual to become a productive, creative, and innovative member of society. Access and engagement in high quality, sequential arts education is essential to developing important 21st-century skills and will allow our Commonwealth to regain and maintain a competitive economic edge globally by exporting creative ideas and products.

While some districts have rich, sequential, and regular arts learning in every grade, others have limited or no arts learning. This is the case despite the designation of the arts as a core academic subject in the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act’s “Common Core of Learning”. Additionally, one year of arts education is the only designation in the “Common Core of Learning” not required for admission into the state university system.

The ARTS For All Initiative would establish one year of arts education in high school as an admission requirement to the Massachusetts state university system, including UMASS. Inclusion of the arts in the criteria will encourage more students to take arts education and help make certain all students in the Commonwealth have access to the arts regardless of geographic location, ethnicity, economic level, or any other demographic status or condition.

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education should follow the lead of ten other states and require incoming university students to take at least one year of visual or performing arts, music, or dance.

Thank you for your consideration. 


Dance in the Schools endorsed 2014-03-21 18:37:38 -0400
I’m also an indépendant contractor Creative Movement Specialist. Shall I sign again that way?

Join the Create the Vote 2014 Coalition

Join arts, cultural and creative institutions from across the Commonwealth as coalition members of Create the Vote 2014. During the gubernatorial campaign, Create the Vote will work to raise awareness and support for the creative community among voters and candidates.


Third Friday Advocacy Day - January 18th 2013

157 pledges

Yes, our organization will participate in MASSCreative's Third Friday Advocacy Day on January 18th 2013. 

We will ask our colleagues and supporters to sign a petition to Governor Patrick and request he increase the Commonwealth’s investment in the arts and cultural community by increasing the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s FY2014 budget by $3 million to a total of $12.5 million. 

We pledge to engage our organization in one or more of the following ways: 

  • Encouraging our staff and board to sign the petition
  • Sending out a request to our email lists of supporters, Facebook friends and Twitter followers linking them to the petition and encouraging them to sign
  • Engaging our live audiences on Friday the 18th by signing the petition on their smart phones or on a hard copy at your event venue

 


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