John Barros' Arts Platform

From John Barros' issue page on his website:

On Developing Local Arts and the Creative Economy

Leading an arts and culture renaissance, John will ensure that Boston develops an overarching vision, arts and cultural plan.  The plan will lift up Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver and San Francisco as models of cities of like size that have dedicated revenue streams (e.g. portion of hotel or sales taxes) and that made real investment into arts infrastructure and understand the arts as an economic driver. John will:

  • Address the lack of public art and arts access in Boston through the expansion and use of local arts infrastructure and programs in schools, community centers and non-profits.

  • Strengthen the local creative economy by supporting more commercial art integration in revitalizing our main streets, including art as a specific driver for economic development in general. Boston can create arts and culture clusters that are marketed to and supported by Boston’s residents and tourists.

  • Increase the focus on Federal, State and Corporate Investments through more aggressive pursuit of state and federal grants and a stronger relationship with corporate partners in improving the cultural life of the city.
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Felix Arroyo's Arts Platform

Taken from Arroyo's issue page on his website

Promoting Arts, Culture & Tourism

Arts, culture and tourism contribute to the livelihood of our city. Boston is home to many cultural institutions that make Boston not only a great place to live, but a great place to visit. We must support the arts, performances, theatre, music, dance, museums, local artists, cultural exhibits, and creative opportunities that enhance our neighborhoods and contribute to our quality of life.

  • Develop cultural districts in our city to attract artists, encourage business development, and establish destinations of cultural experiences for Boston families and visitors.
  • Support living and working space for artists in Boston to thrive and practice their craft.
  • Foster relationships between cultural institutions and community.
  • Encourage tourism to spur economic development and promote Boston as a destination for cultural experiences.
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Opportunity of Decades: Recap of MASSCreative's #CreateTheVote Kickoff

Stephanie Cardon of Boston's online art journal Big Red & Shiny shares her thoughts on the Create The Vote campaign kickoff, calling this campaign the "opportunity of decades". Read the whole thing here. 

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A ‘Supporter,’ But No ‘Champion’?: Considering Menino’s Arts Legacy

WBUR’s Andrea Shea looks back on Mayor Menino’s arts, culture, and creativity legacy. Yes, Menino was a supporter of the community and the story ticks off examples from the past 20 years. Yet it is clear Boston now needs a mayor that is a champion of the arts, cultural and creative community if we want to build a more vibrant and connected city.  The breadth and depth of the creative community in Boston is damn impressive, yet Boston can do better. 

MASSCreative's Matt Wilson has the last word in this story, saying that the creative community cannot operate to its full capacity until the next Mayor provides institutions and individual artists with the basic support and resources needed to truly do their work. Read the whole article here, or listen here.

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The Future of First Night

The future of First Night is one of the key issues that the next mayor of Boston will need to face. Read here to find out what the candidates are saying.

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Legislative Success in the State Senate

Once again, we have good news to report from the State House. 

Last week, the Senate approved Senator Dan Wolf’s amendment to add $1.6 million to the MCC budget. This vote increases the state's investment in the creative community by 17% to a total of just over $11 million.

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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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