Janet Lesniak

Wellfleet Preservation Hall endorsed 2018-10-16 12:38:59 -0400

#ArtsMatterDay October 26, 2018: Sign Up!

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On #ArtsMatterDay October 26, 2018 the creative community will flood social media with images and videos celebrating why arts matter in Massachusetts. 

Sign up here to say that you're joining our online day of celebration and receive our #ArtsMatterDay toolkit. We'll list you as a partner on our website, and we invite you to:

  • Share that you're celebrating #ArtsMatterDay and invite others to join on social media.
  • Celebrate #ArtsMatterDay on October 26 by posting pictures and videos on October 26 and using #ArtsMatter to highlight your organization's events and programs.

Wellfleet Preservation Hall endorsed 2018-07-10 12:30:05 -0400

Cultural Facilities Fund Letter of Support

Dear Senate President Chandler, Speaker DeLeo, Chairwoman Spilka, and Chairman Sánchez,

From our world-class facilities to our neighborhood arts centers and community playhouses, arts and culture have connected communities and built a vibrant, thriving economy across the Commonwealth. Our cultural venues are often the anchor of a neighborhood, making our cities and towns exceptional places to live, work, play, and visit.

Yet every year, our cultural facilities continue to age. With hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, our venues are subject to wear and tear and ever-changing building codes, and require vigilance to make sure they are accessible to all.

Created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2007, the Cultural Facilities Fund has helped restore many of our Commonwealth’s most treasured historical and cultural landmarks, and has helped fund visionary capital projects that revitalize our communities.

Over the past ten years, the demand for planning and development resources provided by the Cultural Facilities Fund has increased exponentially, outpacing supply. In a 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council survey, 169 organizations reported $114 million in essential capital projects through 2019.

As part of the Economic Development Bond Bill, we request that the Legislature reauthorize the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund for five years at $75 million.

  • Investment builds the state’s creative community.
    Since its start in 2007, the Cultural Facilities Fund has awarded grants of $110 million to 853 projects across the Commonwealth. These grants benefit organizations of every size and every region of Massachusetts, support individual artists and arts education, and revitalize our downtowns.

  • Investment creates jobs and drives the economy.
    The arts and cultural organizations behind Cultural Facilities Fund projects employ more than 7,000 workers and generate $1.7 billion in annual economic activity through organizational spending. In addition, these projects have hired over 25,500 architects, engineers, contractors, and construction workers between 2007 and 2017.  

  • Investment increases tourism.
    More than 16 million people visit organizations receiving these grants annually. For every visitor to our cultural facilities, an additional $27.32 goes to the local economy, including restaurants and local businesses.

CC:
The Honorable John F. Keenan, Chair, Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditure and State Assets
The Honorable Antonio Cabral, Chair, House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditure and State Assets

 

 

 

 

 


Wellfleet Preservation Hall endorsed 2017-11-14 20:11:20 -0500

Letter to the MA Congressional Delegation on the Tax Reform and Jobs Act

Dear Massachusetts Congressional Delegation,

We are writing to you as leaders of the Massachusetts arts and cultural sector. 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes proposals that will harm the Commonwealth's arts and cultural sector and the people we serve. We strongly believe that federal tax policy should continue to support the work of the nonprofit sector, and it should encourage all Americans to give back to their communities. Unfortunately, the current drafts of both the House and Senate bills do neither.

As you evaluate this legislation, we respectfully request that you:

  • Fight for the inclusion of a universal charitable deduction, which would encourage all Americans, regardless of income, to give back to their communities. Merely keeping the charitable deduction in the tax code, but limiting its availability to a small percentage of wealthy households, will not alone protect charitable giving.
  • Support efforts to protect the Johnson Amendment, which for over 60 years has established the charitable sector as nonpartisan problem solvers. Modifications to the Johnson Amendment could result in the nonprofit sector becoming the latest instrument of electoral politics.

Your leadership on these issues will help ensure that the tax reform legislation helps strengthen the Commonwealth's arts and cultural sector and the people that depend on its services. Thank you in advance for your support of the sector.

Sincerely,


donated via 2017-01-19 15:17:05 -0500

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MASSCreative Member Organizations are an active group dedicated to supporting and empowering creative activities in their communities and in the Commonwealth.

By becoming a Member, your organization will gain access to an advocacy group of nearly 400 peer organizations. Your membership will help MASSCreative work on your behalf to build a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Commonwealth, animated by arts, culture and creative expression.

“With MASSCreative’s leadership, the arts are in the State House, on the campaign trail and in town meetings across the Commonwealth, making the case for why art isn’t just nice, it’s necessary.”
-- Jill Medvedow, Executive Director, ICA

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