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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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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