Ann Teixeira

New England Philharmonic endorsed 2018-12-23 11:27:57 -0500

DRAFT MASSCreative FY20 Leadership Council Letter to Governor Baker

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Dear Governor Baker, 

Arts, culture, and creativity have a powerful impact on our communities. Arts and cultural organizations help drive the state’s local economies, from the Greater Boston area, to the downtown districts of Gateway Cities, to our rural and coastal communities, generating over $2.2 billion dollars in economic activity annually, supporting 73,000 full time jobs, and generating more than $159 million in local and state tax revenue[1]. Arts education has been proven to improve student achievement across academic disciplines and the arts play a vital role to help us find meaning and make sense of our lives.

As artists and leaders in the creative community, we encourage you to provide the arts and cultural community with the support it needs to help build vibrant, equitable, and healthy communities across the Commonwealth.

As you prepare to release your budget in January, please increase investment in the creative community and boost the FY2020 Mass Cultural Council budget to $18 million. This $2 million increase will fund arts, humanities, and science programs for underserved youth, the growing number of cultural districts, the 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), and the Commonwealth’s core arts and cultural institutions. Last year, the Mass Cultural Council and LCCs awarded grants to approximately 6,000 Massachusetts organizations. Each dollar spent generated an additional $2.30 of sales for local businesses, making the Mass Cultural Council budget an important driver of community and economic development. We ask you to appropriate these funds without earmarks to ensure that they are awarded to worthy institutions and projects through a fair, transparent public process.

State funding through the Mass Cultural Council strengthens the creative community in Massachusetts as a whole and is critical to the arts and culture sector’s ability to help drive the economy, enhance education, and help build community across the Commonwealth. These funds also play a key role in leveraging private investment in our cultural institutions and public programs.

Sincerely,
The MASSCreative Leadership Council 

[1] Arts and Economic Prosperity Report 5, 2016, Americans for the Arts


New England Philharmonic endorsed 2018-07-18 17:10:11 -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.

New England Philharmonic endorsed 2017-11-14 16:56:51 -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 2017-03-26 20:41:38 -0400

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New England Philharmonic endorsed 2015-12-17 22:21:23 -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. 


donated 2015-06-29 23:45:06 -0400

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