Kate Huffman

endorsed 2019-06-18 10:45:39 -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

 


endorsed 2018-12-21 09:18:06 -0500

DRAFT MASSCreative FY20 Leadership Council Letter to Governor Baker

***Please do not share this link outside of the Leadership Council. The formal request has yet to be made public.

Dear Governor Baker, 

Arts, culture, and creativity have a powerful impact on our communities. Arts and cultural organizations help drive the state’s local economies, from the Greater Boston area, to the downtown districts of Gateway Cities, to our rural and coastal communities, generating over $2.2 billion dollars in economic activity annually, supporting 73,000 full time jobs, and generating more than $159 million in local and state tax revenue[1]. Arts education has been proven to improve student achievement across academic disciplines and the arts play a vital role to 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 FY2020 Mass Cultural Council budget to $18 million. This $2 million increase will fund arts, humanities, and science programs for underserved youth, the growing number of cultural districts, the 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), and the Commonwealth’s core arts and cultural institutions. Last year, the Mass Cultural Council and LCCs awarded grants to approximately 6,000 Massachusetts organizations. Each dollar spent generated an additional $2.30 of sales for local businesses, making the Mass Cultural Council budget an important driver of community and economic development. 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 Mass Cultural Council 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.

Sincerely,
The MASSCreative Leadership Council 

[1] Arts and Economic Prosperity Report 5, 2016, Americans for the Arts


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Dear Massachusetts Congressional Delegation,

For 50 years, funding for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have supported small, medium, and large cultural institutions in Massachusetts to help develop and showcase new and innovative art forms and to bring vibrancy and creativity to our neighborhoods.

The NEA and the NEH represent the best of our democratic values - ensuring everyone, regardless of means, has access to the transformative power of the arts and culture.

As supporters of the arts, culture, and the humanities, we urge you to ensure this work continues by supporting no less than $150 million for both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities in the FY18 budget, and $155 million in FY19.

Sincerely,


endorsed 2017-03-03 13:18:47 -0500

Arts Matter Day 2017 Partners

Social_AMAD.pngOn March 28, MASSCreative will bring together the creative community for Arts Matter Advocacy Day to show our state political leaders that arts matter in Massachusetts.

Beginning at the Paramount Center in downtown Boston, Arts Matter Advocacy Day will feature speakers, performers, and an “Arts Matter March” to the State House to meet with our legislators about arts and cultural issues. 

As an Arts Matter Advocacy Day Partner, you are invited to:

  • Have your name and organization in our program and on materials distributed to legislators.
  • Recruit staff or community members to attend Arts Matter Advocacy Day.
  • Help schedule meetings with your State Senator and State Representative.
  • Publicize Arts Matter Advocacy Day both online and in person.

Kate Huffman
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Arts advocate & cultural policy wonk. Musician, activist, & vegan. Too long-winded & not witty enough for Twitter.

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