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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Playwright Mentoring Program at Barrington Stage Co.

Pittsfield’s nationally acclaimed theater group, the Barrington Stage Company, has an innovative educational youth initiative called the Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP). During this rigorous, half-year program, troubled adolescents learn essential life skills in a supportive environment. Over a 26-week span, participants go through a series of creative exercises and educational sessions that culminate in their own performance pieces. 

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Governor Patrick released his budget proposal...what's next?

Wednesday afternoon, Governor Patrick submitted his budget to the Massachusetts House of Representatives detailing his allocation to the creative community through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC).

His proposed FY14 budget for the creative community is disappointing.  I believe we can do better.

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"The Arts and Our Lives" - A Cognoscenti Post by Diane Paulus

This essay was originally published on Cognoscenti, wbur.org’s ideas and opinion page. It was reposted with permission.

"When I was an 18-year-old freshman at Harvard, I spent every waking minute (outside of class) acting in plays and directing them. But I never thought about theater as something I would actually do with my life. I was thinking about a career in politics. Something serious.

Now, 25 years later, I am back at Harvard as the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater. And nothing feels more serious to me than the transformative power of the arts."

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ACTION ALERT: Governor Patrick and the FY14 Budget

Governor Patrick is preparing his FY2014 budget for release at the end of January and he will be deciding how much money to allocate to the creative community through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). From now until July, the Governor, the State Senate and the House of Representatives will be debating how to allocate the estimated $32 billion in state revenue.

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ACTION ALERT: Protect Arts and Culture from the "Fiscal Cliff"

As you know, Congress and the President are considering a number of proposals to reduce the nation's budget deficit. One of those proposals would restrict or eliminate the tax deductions you and I can take for contributions to charitable institutions like arts and cultural organizations.
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