MASSCreative Leadership Council Gathers for Annual Retreat

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Emily Ruddock, MASSCreative's Director of Policy and Government Affairs,
leads a session at the retreat

In November, MASSCreative’s Leadership Council came together for its 4th Annual Leadership Council Retreat, bringing together 40 leaders from across the Commonwealth to help MASSCreative strengthen its statewide grassroots arts and cultural advocacy network.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 Council Retreat, held at the Walker Center in Newton, was full of thoughtful discussions and workshops about how to deepen engagement in arts advocacy and increase the creative sector’s impact. MASSCreative staff led small group discussions to guide the Leadership Council in thinking bigger and bolder about arts advocacy and broadening the base of arts and cultural advocates beyond our core supporters.

In preparation for Creating Connection: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day on March 26, Program Director Tracie Konopinski led a discussion on how to deepen engagement and make sure our advocacy gathering is representative of the Massachusetts creativity community. Emily Ruddock, Director of Policy and Government Affairs at MASSCreative, shared updates to our Policy Platform, gathering feedback and insight on how to officially launch and share our priorities and increase impact with the sector. Leading the first of several strategic planning focus groups, Matt Wilson, Executive Director of MASSCreative, worked with consultant Diane Gordon to learn from the Leadership Council how best to strengthen our focus and priorities for the next three years.

We’re looking forward to highlighting our Leadership Council at our upcoming Arts Advocacy Day throughout the program at the Paramount Center and as captains who will guide attendees  through legislative meetings at the State House on issues including the state budget, arts education, and creative placemaking. MASSCreative supporters interested in joining the Leadership Council should contact Program Director Tracie Konopinski.

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Andy Short, Co-Director, Outreach & Development Improbable Players

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