Trainings build capacity and skills for advocacy
Last month, Associated Grant Makers (AGM) chose MASSCreative to present on a panel of nonprofits to discuss effective use of social media. Joining Science Club for Girls and Mass Mentoring Partnership, we discussed best practices and shared case studies from our own work.
Our insight was direct and simple, asking attendees to think of their social media platforms as an extension of their organizations, a tool to accomplish organizational goals. For MASSCreative, that means using social media to propel our grassroots advocacy campaigns. And for many organizations – especially in the arts community – that means working together to prop each other up.
On the message of supporting the whole arts community, MASSCreative and the Barr Foundation hosted a webinar to familiarize the arts community to the state budget process.
Noah Berger, Director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, provided necessary context in understanding the whole state budget and its major components. Senior Campaign Organizer Tracie Konopinski laid out the budget timeline, noting the public’s opportunities to take part. Stepping in to demonstrate how an art organization can get involved, Bridge O’Leary of New Repertory Theater shared how her organization reached out to local legislator, Rep. Jonathan Hecht, to discuss the impact of art in the community.
If you missed the webinar and want to know how to make your voice heard in the legislative process, watch ‘State Funding for the Arts & Cultural Sector: FY16’ on our site.