Rosemary Tracy Woods

Art for the Soul Gallery endorsed 2017-11-15 05:15:47 -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,


Art for the Soul Gallery endorsed 2015-12-17 16:15:30 -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. 


commented on Arts in Action Toolkit | 2015-02-04 09:34:02 -0500 · Flag
Sign the petition to show Governor Baker we don’t need any budget cuts.

commented on Social Media 2015-02-04 09:32:11 -0500 · Flag
New Governor, but not any new cuts to the budget for the arts. Let that remain the same, don’t need change in that area.

endorsed 2014-02-27 22:03:42 -0500
As a grandmother, great-grandmother, would love to see this as a requirement. Arts are so very important in everyone’s life. It should be a requirement, the same as other subjects that are a requirement.

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. 


commented on The Massachusetts Cultural Council's YouthReach Program Celebrates its 20th Anniversary 2014-02-19 07:42:43 -0500 · Flag
Come on educators, youth service providers, artist, want to be artist, and parents. Please support and attend this event.

commented on Statement by Matt Wilson, MASSCreative Executive Director on Gov. Deval Patrick’s Cuts to the Massachusetts Cultural Council in State Budget 2014-01-22 18:28:48 -0500 · Flag
I am sure we can turn this around. Back to the drawing board….

commented on Thank you for signing 2014-01-14 11:54:30 -0500 · Flag
lets get above and beyond the signatures we aimed for. All citizens should sign the petition

Art for the Soul Gallery endorsed via 2013-07-17 14:23:45 -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. 


Increase public investment in creativity

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. 

57 pledges

 


Help Influence the MCC Budget in the House

51 pledges

I want to help MASSCreative as we shift our campaign focus to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Contact me about organizing a local meeting with my Representative.


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

 


Rosemary Tracy Woods
Art for the Soul Art Gallery Serious abouit making my art gallery a renowned gallery, love meeting artist, love to travel, have my own travel agency, like to coordinate group travel. Member of MA Cultural Council, Art Education Represenative. Art,

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