On March 28, MASSCreative will bring together the creative community for Arts Matter Advocacy Day to show our state political leaders that arts matter in Massachusetts.
Join us for a morning at the Paramount Center in downtown Boston and an early afternoon at the State House. After a morning of mingling, celebrating arts & culture, and sharpening our advocacy skills at the Paramount, we will travel together in an 'Arts Matter March' to the State House. When we arrive, we will meet with our legislators about arts and cultural issues, including the state budget. Together, let’s send the message: arts matter in Massachusetts.
Help make sure Arts Matter Advocacy Day is representative of the broad arts and cultural community. Become a Arts Matter Advocacy Partner and check out our materials for the day.
9:00: Registration, breakfast, socializing at the Paramount Center, Boston
Performance: Berklee College of Music Combo
Spoken Word Performance: Nalany Guerrier, Boston Arts Academy student
Emcee: David Howse, Executive Director, ArtsEmerson
Welcome: Lee Pelton, President, Emerson College
10:30: How to be an effective arts advocate
Representative Mary Keefe (D-Worcester)
How to tell your story for social change
Sara Stackhouse, Boston Conservatory at Berklee and MASSCreative Board Chair
State Funding for the Arts with Barbara Wallace Grossman, Ph.D, Vice Chair, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Arts Education with Myran Parker-Brass, Boston Public Schools and Alexis Maxwell, Boston Arts Academy Student
Creative Placemaking with Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner, City of Salem
Performance: Conservatory Lab Charter School Winds and Brass Ensemble
Sample role-play with Representative Christine Barber (D-Somerville)
Prep for meeting with your legislators
12:30: Arts Matter March from the Paramount Center to the MA State House (with street bands!)
Conservatory Lab Charter School Band
Downtown Boston Brass Band
The Boston Area Brigade of Activist Musicians (BABAM!)
(snack packs will be provided)
1:30: Meet with your legislators in the MA State House