Drew Esposito

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MASSCreative Leadership Council Letter to Governor Baker

Dear Governor Baker, 

Arts, culture, and creativity have a powerful impact on our communities. They drive the state’s local economies, from the Greater Boston area, to the downtown districts of Gateway Cities, to our rural and coastal communities. They improve student achievement across academic disciplines, and they help us find meaning and make sense of our lives.

As artists and leaders in the creative community, we encourage you to provide the arts and cultural community with the support it needs to help build vibrant, equitable, and healthy communities across the Commonwealth.

As you prepare to release your budget in January, please increase investment in the creative community and boost the FY2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) budget to $17 million. This $3 million increase will fund arts, humanities, and science programs for underserved youth, the growing number of cultural districts, the 329 Local Cultural Councils, and the Commonwealth’s core arts and cultural institutions. We ask you to appropriate these funds without earmarks to ensure that they are awarded to worthy institutions and projects through a fair, transparent public process.

State funding through the MCC strengthens the creative community in Massachusetts as a whole and is critical to the arts and culture sector’s ability to help drive the economy, enhance education, and help build community across the Commonwealth. These funds also play a key role in leveraging private investment in our cultural institutions and public programs.

The MASSCreative Leadership Council


mc_cms_blueSq.jpg "Good for artists, good for business, good for communities"

In the waning days of his administration, Governor Deval Patrick made a bold show of support for the arts community this week by signing a public art commission into law. Under the Executive Order, a minimum of .5% of the costs of construction and renovation of state-owned property in Boston and Gateway Cities will be dedicated to the preservation of and creation of public art.    

These direct sources of funding will help spur economic development and build a sense of community in our downtowns and cultural districts. As Gov. Patrick puts it: “Good for artists, good for businesses, good for communities.”  

MASSCreative Board Member Erin Williams, Worcester’s Cultural Development Officer, was a member of a 12 member statewide task force that developed the program for the new Public Art Commission.

Boston’s next game-changer for the arts


Boston’s next game-changer for the arts



This week, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh fulfilled a pledge he made to the creative community when he hired Julie Burros to the new position of Chief of Arts and Culture. For the first time in 20 years Boston will have a dedicated Arts Chief, serving alongside 10 other advisors in the mayor’s cabinet.

Steve Annear quotes MASSCreative executive director Matt Wilson in Boston Magazine, sharing the significance of this announcement: “During the mayoral campaign, Walsh was the first candidate to pledge to hire a cabinet-level arts commissioner, and his fulfillment of that promise is truly groundbreaking.”

Boston’s new arts czar comes to the city off the heels of her success in developing a robust cultural plan for Chicago. Currently, Burros serves as the Director of Cultural Planning at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in Chicago (DCASE), a city that serves as a strong model of what can be accomplished in Boston. Check out our blog post from last fall where we take a look at the work of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and DCASE in bolstering the city’s arts and culture.

Congratulations to Julie Burros, and we look forward to working with both her and Mayor Walsh to help elevate Boston’s rich arts and cultural sector. Read more coverage of this exciting development for the arts in WBUR and Boston Magazine. And check out the Boston Globe article, featuring a quote from MASSCreative board member and Executive Director of Arts Boston, Catherine Peterson.


[Photo: WBUR, The Artery]  




NALAC offers Regional Arts Training Workshop


The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is hosting Regional Arts Training Workshops to strengthen local networks and build leadership of Latino artists and Latino arts and cultural organizations. The next workshop will be held October 10-11 at Roger Williams Park Casino in Providence, RI.

NALAC workshops will offer training and strategy that applies to the current needs of artists and arts professionals. Workshop tracks for artists and organizations focus on research, capacity building, strategic planning and business skills for artists.

In partnership with the Barr Foundation, NALAC is offering scholarships for the workshop. See more information here

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