[Ean Spangler for the Boston Globe]
Globe calls on Governor Elect Baker to be Arts Champ
In its lead editorial in the November 16th edition, The Boston Globe called on Governor-elect Charlie Baker to be a champion of the arts in its editorial “Making Arts Policy a Priority.”
The editorial declared “arts are not merely an add-on – a luxury, but an essential component of the state’s quality of life,” and laid out a bold program for Governor–elect Baker to build a healthy and vibrant Commonwealth. The editorial was a fitting coda to the MASSCreative-led Create the Vote campaign which worked with more than 450 creative institutions to put arts and culture on the map during the race.
The Globe called on Governor-elect Baker to support the whole ecosystem within the statewide creative community - from the artists grappling with space and affordable housing issues to the leading cultural institutions seeking state support through Massachusetts Cultural Council and Cultural Facilities Fund grants.
Soon after Governor-elect Baker takes office, he will deliver his FY16 state budget proposal, which will include a line item for the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). The current level of funding is less than half of what it was in 1988; however, in recent years Governor Patrick and the Massachusetts Legislature have dialed up funding. With his budget announcement in March, Baker will have an opportunity to carry that momentum forward by increasing investment in the arts and cultural sector.
For more arts coverage in the Globe, check out the Arts Everywhere section featuring opinion pieces from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Arts Chief Julie Burros, MASSCreative board member Obehi Janice, and many other arts and cultural leaders.