Rich Ardizzone

Joy of Music endorsed 2018-07-27 10:39:48 -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.

Joy of Music endorsed 2018-07-10 15:06:42 -0400

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

 

 

 

 

 


Joy of Music endorsed 2014-04-26 16:24:17 -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.


Joy of Music endorsed 2014-03-21 12:52:50 -0400
I’ll help out in Worcester.

Join the Create the Vote 2014 Coalition

Join arts, cultural and creative institutions from across the Commonwealth as coalition members of Create the Vote 2014. During the gubernatorial campaign, Create the Vote will work to raise awareness and support for the creative community among voters and candidates.


Joy of Music endorsed 2013-06-27 20:34:53 -0400

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

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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. 


Rich Ardizzone

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