Jamie Gahlon

HowlRound Theatre Commons endorsed 2019-06-18 14:01:14 -0400

FY20 Leadership Letter to Rep. Michlewitz

Dear Chairman Aaron Michlewitz,

As the Conference Committee meets to negotiate differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY20 state budget, please support the Senate version in regards to the Mass Cultural Council (line item 0640-0300). This version funds the Mass Cultural Council at $18 million and includes language that will ensure that the state cultural agency will be able to continue to provide both grants and services to the creative community.

The combination of equitable public funding and services provided by the Mass Cultural Council allows cultural organizations and artists to create greater opportunities for all residents to experience creativity and to see their culture reflected in artistic expression.

As leaders of arts and cultural organizations in the 3rd Suffolk district, we see everyday the direct impact our sector has on the wellbeing of your constituents.

ArtsBoston’s Arts Factor 2019 reported that over 21 million people attended an arts event last year in Greater Boston. That’s over four times the number of people who’ve attended all major Boston sports events combined. Last year, in Greater Boston alone, arts and culture directly contributed $2 billion in economic impact and created 30K jobs, nearly equal to that of retail.

In addition to the economic impact, engagement in creative expression and cultural experiences breaks down barriers between communities, contributes to student success and is integral to social wellbeing.

The benefits the arts sector brings to our communities do not happen by accident. They are the result of strategic investments in Local Cultural Councils, working artists, cultural institutions, community groups, and youth programs by the Mass Cultural Council, which focuses on expanding equitable access to art for all residents.

Enclosed please find a fact sheet regarding the impact of the arts, culture and creativity in Massachusetts, a copy of the full Arts Factor 2019 report, an updated Mass Cultural Council funding list and further information regarding the programs Mass Cultural Council provides to organizations and individuals across the Commonwealth.

Sincerely,

Catherine Peterson Emily Ruddock
Executive Director Interim Executive Director
ArtsBoston MASSCreative

 


donated via 2019-08-01 13:12:14 -0400

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By becoming a Member, your organization will gain access to an advocacy group of nearly 400 peer organizations. Your membership will help MASSCreative work on your behalf to build a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Commonwealth, animated by arts, culture and creative expression.

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HowlRound Theatre Commons endorsed 2014-05-01 16:04:34 -0400

Invitation to Create the Vote Gubernatorial Forum

To focus the candidates and voters on the issues, the Create the Vote Gubernatorial Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity will bring the candidates for governor together for a discussion on the issues in front of the statewide community. Below is an invitation which will be sent out next week to the candidates inviting them to the event on July 15th at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

To show the broad support of the community for this Create the Vote event, please add your name to the list of signers on the invitation to the gubernatorial candidates.

View the letter and a complete list of signers here.


endorsed 2014-03-07 09:19:36 -0500

Arts For All Letter of Support

GOAL: 200

Support one year of high school arts education as an admission requirement to the Massachusetts state university system

Dear Carlos Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education and Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education,

Due to education reform efforts of the past 20 years, Massachusetts public schools have been required to shift focus to the “tested” subjects of reading, math, and science. This emphasis often pushes arts education to a secondary status in our students’ schooling.

Arts education — dance, media arts, music, theatre/drama, visual arts — is a necessary component for the development of the “whole child,” enabling each individual to become a productive, creative, and innovative member of society. Access and engagement in high quality, sequential arts education is essential to developing important 21st-century skills and will allow our Commonwealth to regain and maintain a competitive economic edge globally by exporting creative ideas and products.

While some districts have rich, sequential, and regular arts learning in every grade, others have limited or no arts learning. This is the case despite the designation of the arts as a core academic subject in the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act’s “Common Core of Learning”. Additionally, one year of arts education is the only designation in the “Common Core of Learning” not required for admission into the state university system.

The ARTS For All Initiative would establish one year of arts education in high school as an admission requirement to the Massachusetts state university system, including UMASS. Inclusion of the arts in the criteria will encourage more students to take arts education and help make certain all students in the Commonwealth have access to the arts regardless of geographic location, ethnicity, economic level, or any other demographic status or condition.

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education should follow the lead of ten other states and require incoming university students to take at least one year of visual or performing arts, music, or dance.

Thank you for your consideration. 


Jamie Gahlon
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theatermaker, doodler, listmaker, dabbler, dog lover. Associate Director for the Center for the Theater Commons

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