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posted about Governor Baker: Support the Mass Cultural Council budget increase on Facebook 2018-07-25 12:05:21 -0400
Gov. Baker has until 7.30 to sign off on the FY19 budget, which includes a $2M increase to @masscultural. Sign the petition to help prevent an arts veto.

Governor Baker: Support the Mass Cultural Council budget increase

619 signatures

Dear Governor Baker,

After three years of level state funding for arts and culture, we are thrilled that the MA Legislature voted to increase the Mass Cultural Council’s budget to $16 million, as part of the FY19 state budget.

The creative community looks forward to your approval of the FY19 state budget and the Mass Cultural Council line item (0640-0300), and working with you and your administration to build a more vibrant, connected, and equitable Massachusetts.

This $2M increase to the Mass Cultural Council budget will allow the agency to invest in arts and cultural programs that:

  • Elevate the quality of life and well-being of all communities
  • Drive growth and opportunity through the creative economy
  • Empower a new generation through creative youth development and education
  • Ensure the arts are inclusive, equitable, and embrace our diversity

Specifically, the increase will allow for the Mass Cultural Council to:

  • Increase grants to its 329 Local Cultural Councils, the nation’s largest network of community arts support led by 2,500 volunteers in every city and town.
  • Reinvest in the Cultural Investment Portfolio, the core operating support program for more than 320 nonprofits.
  • Increase investment in Creative Youth Development Programs, nationally recognized programs that use the power of the arts, humanities, and sciences to help young people learn, grow, and thrive.
  • Deepen investments in its Universal Participation (UP) Initiative, which supports a growing cohort of cultural nonprofits that are breaking down barriers to access.


posted about Stop Trump’s Attack on the Arts and Humanities on Facebook 2018-02-28 12:32:25 -0500
Sign MASSCreative's petition to save the the NEA and NEH.

Stop Trump’s Attack on the Arts and Humanities

1,742 signatures

Dear Massachusetts Congressional Delegation,

For 50 years, funding for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have supported small, medium, and large cultural institutions in Massachusetts to help develop and showcase new and innovative art forms and to bring vibrancy and creativity to our neighborhoods.

The NEA and the NEH represent the best of our democratic values - ensuring everyone, regardless of means, has access to the transformative power of the arts and culture.

As supporters of the arts, culture, and the humanities, we urge you to ensure this work continues by supporting no less than $150 million for both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities in the FY18 budget, and $155 million in FY19.


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@watsonborn tweeted link to Arts Matter Day 2017 Partners. 2017-02-17 13:07:51 -0500
I'm joining @MASSCreative as an #ArtsMatter Advocacy Day partner. Add your name to the list:

Arts Matter Day 2017 Partners

Social_AMAD.pngOn March 28, MASSCreative will bring together the creative community for Arts Matter Advocacy Day to show our state political leaders that arts matter in Massachusetts.

Beginning at the Paramount Center in downtown Boston, Arts Matter Advocacy Day will feature speakers, performers, and an “Arts Matter March” to the State House to meet with our legislators about arts and cultural issues. 

As an Arts Matter 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 Matter Advocacy Day.
  • Help schedule meetings with your State Senator and State Representative.
  • Publicize Arts Matter Advocacy Day both online and in person.

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