Community Preservation Act Overwhelmingly Passes in Boston, Pittsfield, & Springfield

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On Election Day, a new wave of Massachusetts communities passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA), establishing new municipal funds for more affordable housing, better parks and playgrounds, and the preservation of historic buildings.

Working with MASSCreative, the arts and cultural communities in Boston, Springfield, and Pittsfield partnered with the housing and environmental sectors to pass the Community Preservation Act in their cities. 

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State Looking for Public Feedback on Arts Education; Public Sessions Scheduled

 

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With state education leaders actively considering including arts education into their new accountability frameworks for the upcoming school year, the Commonwealth is holding forums across the state to get feedback from the public.

Changes in federal law under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) direct states to restructure their accountability and assistance systems for schools and districts. This offers Massachusetts an opportunity to move beyond its current accountability system based on just test scores, graduation rates, and language proficiency by including access and participation to arts education. 

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 October 28 - Celebrating #ArtsMatterDay across the Commonwealth 

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Thank you for celebrating #ArtsMatterDay! Your participation made #ArtsMatterDay a huge success! On Friday, October 28, the creative community took social media by storm to say: #ArtsMatter. Over 640 art & cultural groups and individuals celebrated #ArtsMatterDay. Check out our Storify for social media highlights! 

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Create the Vote Cape Cod Injects Arts and Culture into Senate Candidate Race

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On November 1, Create the Vote Cape Cod hosted a Senate Candidates Debate on Arts, Culture, and Creativity between then-candidates for State Senate Julian Cyr and Tony Schiavi. Organized by The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and MASSCreative as part of their Creative Exchange Conference and moderated by Middy Todd, of WCAI Cape and Islands NPR, the event featured a robust hour-long discussion on arts and cultural issues and the role they play in building a vibrant, healthy, and equitable Cape Cod.

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Building Community on the South Shore through Art

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Eleven years ago, the South Shore Conservatory (SSC) hosted the Duxbury Music Festival as a one-off event aimed at strengthening the organization’s relationship with the community in the vicinity of its beautiful satellite campus.

“There was a sense that we weren't as engaged, or that people within the community weren't as aware of the conservatory as we wanted,” recalls Kathy Czerny, SSC president. “So we decided to start a chamber music festival, and at first, it really was just going to be a one-year activity, and we engaged a number of volunteers the first year.”

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Huntington Theatre Company Managing Director Michael Maso Wins Nonprofit Lifetime Achievement Award 

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An artistic and a civic leader in Boston for over three decades, Huntington Theatre Company Managing Director was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network at its annual conference on November 2.

Michael Maso is the first winner from the arts sector for the award given to leaders of the broader nonprofit community.

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Community Impact

The Drama Studio is one of a handful of youth theatres in the United States that offers quality, range, and depth in its acting training programs. For Springfield-area youth, the Studio's conservatory program offers an unusual opportunity for training that prepares its graduates (all of whom are college bound) to...