Erin Williams

City of Worcester endorsed 2018-07-26 13:50:59 -0400

Create the Vote 2018 Partners

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Create the Vote 2018
is MASSCreative’s nonpartisan, public education campaign to raise awareness and support for arts, culture, and creativity. With elections for Congress, Governor, and the State Legislature happening in November, we’re excited to engage candidates and voters about the role arts and creativity play in building vibrant, connected communities.

Help us make a bigger impact with candidates and voters by signing on as a Create the Vote 2018 Partner.

As a Create the Vote Partner, you are invited to:

  • Have your name and organization listed on our website and in our materials to candidates and voters.
  • Recruit staff and community members to attend our Create the Vote Summer Launch Parties and Candidate Forums and Town Halls.
  • Engage the candidates by attending sit-down meetings and asking questions at public events.
  • Educate voters in-person and online using MASSCreative’s Create the Vote materials.
  • Broadcast the campaign using social media, especially on Arts Matter Day, October 26, our online day of action.

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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

 

 

 

 

 


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Give as an Individual Member

Support the creative community. 

Your donation will help us bring together the collective voice of the creative community to advocate for the resources necessary to build healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities.
Thank you.

Feel free to join by mail instead by sending a check and your organization's information to:
MASSCreative 
15 Channel Center St, Suite 103
Boston, MA 02210

Monthly donations do even more to help us support the creative community. Click here to make a monthly donation.

If your organization is interested in becoming a MASSCreative Action Network Member Organization or renewing its membership, click here.


City of Worcester endorsed 2017-01-27 15:02:57 -0500
#MakeArtEverywhere! Worcester is ready to spread the word and we will be there!

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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Give as a Member Organization

Support the creative community. Become a Member Organization of MASSCreative.

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

Please refer to the chart, below, to determine your organization's suggested donation level.

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Please put the name of your organization in the first line of the address field

Feel free to join by mail instead by sending a check and your organization's information to:
MASSCreative Action Network
15 Channel Center St, Suite 103
Boston, MA 02210 

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City of Worcester endorsed 2014-05-09 12:33:15 -0400

Invitation to Create the Vote Gubernatorial Forum

To focus the candidates and voters on the issues, the Create the Vote Gubernatorial Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity will bring the candidates for governor together for a discussion on the issues in front of the statewide community. Below is an invitation which will be sent out next week to the candidates inviting them to the event on July 15th at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

To show the broad support of the community for this Create the Vote event, please add your name to the list of signers on the invitation to the gubernatorial candidates.

View the letter and a complete list of signers here.


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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. 


City of Worcester endorsed 2013-06-27 10:43:23 -0400

  Allocate the remaining $26 million to repair and rebuild our cultural facilities

GOAL: 150

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Dear Governor Patrick,

From our world-class facilities to our neighborhood arts centers and community playhouses, arts and culture have built connected communities and a vibrant, thriving economy across the Commonwealth. Our cultural venues make Massachusetts an exceptional place 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.

As a coalition of arts, community and business leaders from across the state, we want to thank you for recognizing the economic and cultural value our facilities bring to the Commonwealth. Through your leadership, the Cultural Facilities Fund has granted $54.8 million to 269 cultural organizations for the planning and development of our cultural facilities in 99 cities and towns; provided 14,808 building jobs to architects, engineers, contractors, and construction workers; and created 1,412 new permanent jobs.

In 2009, the legislature provided you with $50 million in capital funds, allowing for an average yearly allocation of $10 million to our cultural facilities over five years. Your yearly allocation has remained around $5 million, leaving a reserve of $26 million in the final year of authorization.

We ask for your leadership in investing in the Commonwealth's cultural facilities by allocating the remaining $26 million of the Cultural Facilities Fund in the last year of this cycle. 


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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