Jeannette Guillemin

Boston University endorsed 2018-10-11 22:44:36 -0400

#ArtsMatterDay October 26, 2018: Sign Up!

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On #ArtsMatterDay October 26, 2018 the creative community will flood social media with images and videos celebrating why arts matter in Massachusetts. 

Sign up here to say that you're joining our online day of celebration and receive our #ArtsMatterDay toolkit. We'll list you as a partner on our website, and we invite you to:

  • Share that you're celebrating #ArtsMatterDay and invite others to join on social media.
  • Celebrate #ArtsMatterDay on October 26 by posting pictures and videos on October 26 and using #ArtsMatter to highlight your organization's events and programs.

@JenGuillemin tweeted link to Governor Baker: Support the Mass Cultural Council budget increase. 2018-07-25 10:53:59 -0400
Sign the petition: Governor Baker: Support the Mass Cultural Council budget increase http://www.mass-creative.org/fy19bakerpetition?recruiter_id=20410

Governor Baker: Support the Mass Cultural Council budget increase

619 signatures

Dear Governor Baker,

After three years of level state funding for arts and culture, we are thrilled that the MA Legislature voted to increase the Mass Cultural Council’s budget to $16 million, as part of the FY19 state budget.

The creative community looks forward to your approval of the FY19 state budget and the Mass Cultural Council line item (0640-0300), and working with you and your administration to build a more vibrant, connected, and equitable Massachusetts.

This $2M increase to the Mass Cultural Council budget will allow the agency to invest in arts and cultural programs that:

  • Elevate the quality of life and well-being of all communities
  • Drive growth and opportunity through the creative economy
  • Empower a new generation through creative youth development and education
  • Ensure the arts are inclusive, equitable, and embrace our diversity

Specifically, the increase will allow for the Mass Cultural Council to:

  • Increase grants to its 329 Local Cultural Councils, the nation’s largest network of community arts support led by 2,500 volunteers in every city and town.
  • Reinvest in the Cultural Investment Portfolio, the core operating support program for more than 320 nonprofits.
  • Increase investment in Creative Youth Development Programs, nationally recognized programs that use the power of the arts, humanities, and sciences to help young people learn, grow, and thrive.
  • Deepen investments in its Universal Participation (UP) Initiative, which supports a growing cohort of cultural nonprofits that are breaking down barriers to access.

Sincerely,


donated 2019-04-11 14:09:12 -0400

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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. 


Jeannette Guillemin
Arts Advocate and Educator, Community Builder, Lover of Vegetables, Matchmaker, Proud Mom

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