Support one year of high school arts education as an admission requirement to the Massachusetts state university system
Dear Department of Higher Education,
Arts and culture have built connected communities and a vibrant, thriving economy across the Commonwealth. Innovation and creativity are among the 21st century skills that have allowed our Commonwealth to gain and maintain a competitive economic edge by exporting creative ideas and products.
Art 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.
Yet, 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”.
As a coalition of arts, education, community and business leaders from across the state, we need to establish arts education as integral to every school district’s curriculum. We ask that you establish one year of arts education in high school as an admission requirement to the Massachusetts state university system, including UMASS.
Current admission criteria include specific courses in English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Languages. Experience has shown in Massachusetts that adoption of these subject requirements ensure they are taught in every high school across the Commonwealth, resulting in a strategic sequence of learning. Inclusion of the arts will help make certain all students in the Commonwealth have access to the arts regardless of geographic location, ethnicity, or socio-economic level.
Allocate the remaining $26 million to repair and rebuild our cultural facilitiesGOAL: 150
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.
I am interested in working to bring more public investment to our creative communities through increasing the Massachusetts Cultural Council budget. Please contact me with information about upcoming planning and strategy meetings.55 pledges
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GOAL: 5,000 signatures
Dear Governor Patrick,
I share your love for and appreciation of Massachusetts' diverse, robust, and inspiring creative community.
I, joined by my fellow residents, ask for your support for MASSCreative’s request to increase the Commonwealth’s investment in the arts and cultural community by raising the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s FY2014 budget by $3 million to a total of $12.5 million.
Just ten years ago, the Commonwealth invested more than $19 million annually into the creative community through the MCC’s budget. Please support this budget request and provide the resources to build more vibrant and connected communities across the Commonwealth.
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