MASSCreative Leadership Council Gathers for Retreat
In November, MASSCreative’s Leadership Council came together for its 2nd Annual Leadership Council Retreat, bringing together more than 40 leaders from across the Commonwealth to help MASSCreative build the strongest statewide grassroots arts and cultural advocacy network in the country.
The Leadership Council consists of thought and advocacy leaders from all regions of the Commonwealth who not only engage their networks in action, but understand the potential of building a broad based movement for arts, culture, and creativity. As regional leaders and connectors, the Council works to win bold campaigns for the larger arts and cultural community.
The Leadership Retreat, held at the Walker Center in Auburndale, was full of thoughtful discussions and workshops about how to move from an arts sector to an arts movement in order to build a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Massachusetts. Senate President Stan Rosenberg spoke to the group and brought a Beacon Hill perspective to the impact collective advocacy has on the process in the State House. Workshop leaders included Marinell Rousmaniere from EdVestors, Jenn Erickson from Metropolitan Area Planning Council, André Leroux from Smart Growth Alliance, communications consultant Susan Ryan-Vollmar, and Ken Tangvik from Hyde Square Task Force.
We look forward to the new year, when we’ll be working with Council members to engage advocates from both inside and outside the arts sector on our campaigns to increase public funding for the arts, enhance arts education, and build momentum for creative placemaking.
MASSCreative Leadership Council
|Jenny Arndt, Creative Haverhill||Tracy Kraus, Worcester Chamber Music Society|
|Tracy Barbosa, artist, New Bedford||David Kuehn, Cotuit Center for the Arts|
|Dee Boyle Clapp, Arts Extension Service, UMass Amherst||Phyllis Labanowski, artist, Shelburne Falls|
|Sara Brookner, ArtsEmerson, Boston||David Lavalley, The Center for the Arts in Natick|
|Irene Buck, Westport Cultural Council||Jen Lawless, Massachusetts Cultural Council|
|Cathy Carr Kelly, Central Square Theater, Cambridge||Seth Lepore, artist, Easthampton|
|Debra Cash, Boston Dance Alliance, Boston||Ashley Mac, Boston Children's Chorus|
|Laura Chadwell, Community Art Center, Cambridge||Burns Maxey, CitySpace, Easthampton|
|Michelle Clarkin, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge||Jason McCool, Aeronaut Brewery Arts Liaison, Somerville|
|Craig Coogan, Boston Gay Men's Chorus, Boston||Jessica Morrison, American Repertory Theater, Cambridge|
|Kathy Czerny, South Shore Conservatory, Hingham||Susan Nicholl, MetroWest Visitors Bureau, Framingham|
|Michelle Daly, MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, North Adams||Bridget O'Leary, New Repertory Theatre, Watertown|
|Alexandra de Montrichard, Eric Carle Museum, Amherst||Nicole Olusanya, Arts Emerson, Company One, Boston|
|Corey Depina, Zumix, Boston||Karen Ristuben, Rocky Neck Arts Colony, Gloucester|
|Peter DiMuro, Dance Complex, Cambridge||Gary Roberts, Medford Arts Council|
|Cedric Douglas, The Up Truck, Boston||Sara Robinson, Celebrity Series of Boston|
|Morgan Drewniany, Springfield Central Cultural District||Aziza Robinson Goodnight, arts advocate, Boston|
|Nicky Enriquez, MassArt, Boston||Emily Ruddock, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell|
|Jean Ford Webb, Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Dedham||Jon Saxton, Board President, Boston Singers' Resource|
|Noelle Foye, New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!||Vanessa Snow, Greater Boston Labor Council|
|Ty Furman, Boston University Arts Initiative||Justin Springer, Outside the Box Agency, Boston|
|Jen Glockner, City of Pittsfield||Julie Wake, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Barnstable|
|Steve Hays, Drama Studio, Springfield||Jerry Wedge, Umbrella Community Arts Center, Concord|
|Lee Heald, AHA!New Bedford||Kimm Wilkinson, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport|
|Julie Hennrikus, StageSource, Boston||Reggie Williams, Press Pass TV, Boston|
|Judith Hoglander, Gloucester Stage||Meg Winikates, New England Museum Association, Boston|
|Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Enchanted Circle Theater, Springfield||Lauren Wolk, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth|