ACTION ALERT: Urge the MA Senate to Support Art and Culture

The Senate Way and Means Committee released its budget on Wednesday and the result is a big disappointment for the arts, culture, and creative community. Senate Ways and Means proposed a $9.6 million budget for the Massachusetts Cultural Council -- a $1.5 million CUT from what the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed just last month.

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How Arts Education Saved a Roxbury Public School

“I had a huge security infrastructure and I decided to eliminate it completely, and reinvest all that money into the arts.” – Andrew Bott

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House Approves Amendment for Increase in MCC Budget

I have good news to report from the State House. 

Monday night the House approved an amendment to erase the proposed $1.5 million cut in the MCC budget AND to add $1.5 million to the MCC budget. This vote increased the state's investment in the creative community more than 15% to a total of just over $11 million.

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Update from Arts Advocacy Day in DC

MASSCreative ED Matt Wilson was in DC in early April to meet with the MA Congressional offices to encourage their support for the National Endowment for the Arts and its investment in the MA creative community.  President Obama's budget, which came out last Wednesday, called for a $9 million increase to the NEA budget to bring it to a total of $155M.  

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Advocating for the Arts in Adams

"Adams may be one of the last communities to jump on the creative economy bandwagon, but better late than never. I think we're a mouse that can roar.”

- Bill Kolis, Owner of The Old Firehouse Cafe

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Political Impact: Your Letters to State Representatives

Last week, over 1450 members of MASSCreative’s statewide audience contacted their local state representatives to ask them to restore the Mass Cultural Council budget by $4.5 million. Each letter was a call to action for the 100 state representatives who co-sponsored Rep. Cory Atkins’ budget amendment. Without this collective effort, this amendment may not have received the substantial support of the House majority.

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The Night the Arts Met Democracy in Brockton

Last week, I had a first-hand dose of democracy in Brockton.  At a MASSCreative meeting with state representatives and 25 arts and cultural leaders, I saw the potential we all have to make a difference as we work to bring more resources and support to the Commonwealth’s creative community.

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What if you can't "Pay to Play"? - Boston Children's Museum

Art – pay to play.  It shouldn’t be that way. Why would we want to limit our voices, our images and our hard work to only those who have expendable cash? We create to make a difference, we create to be heard, we create because we care. We create to share and connect. This is why we applaud the Boston’s Children Museum for offering deeply discounted admission to families with EBT cards.

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Public Investment in the Arts: Portland, OR

Here at MASSCreative, we're always talking about how to make people realize arts are not just nice, they are NECESSARY.  Apparently we need to be looking towards our friends in the west- Portland, Oregon, which has begun accepting their newly implemented Art Tax.  62% of voters approved the tax which will generate an additional $12.2 million for the arts.  The funds will go towards the Arts Education & Access Fund, which hopes to restore arts education to every Portland elementary school and fund arts education and access programs citywide through their Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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President of Cornell University Says the Arts Are Essential

"There is growing evidence that arts education improves student learning and thereby produces better citizens. Throughout the United States, educational institutions -- from local schools to community colleges to research universities -- act as centers for public culture and for instilling in our children the values and knowledge that come only from a study of the humanities and the arts." - David J. Skorton, President of Cornell University

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