Statement by Matt Wilson, MASSCreative Executive Director on Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Announcement That There Will Be a Chief of Arts and Culture In His Cabinet:

“History was made last week when Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced that there will be a Chief of Arts and Culture in his cabinet. This position will report directly to the Mayor alongside the Police Commissioner, Superintendent of Schools, and seven other cabinet officials.

“During the mayoral campaign, Walsh was the first candidate to pledge to hire a cabinet-level arts commissioner, and his fulfillment of that promise is truly groundbreaking. Boston has never reaped the benefits that can come with coordinated and strategic arts planning taking place hand in hand with other city priorities including education, public safety, and economic development.

“Other municipalities around the country including Philadelphia and Chicago show what can be accomplished with a cabinet-level cultural officer working directly with the Mayor to build community. We look forward to working with the Administration and its new Chief of Arts and Culture on strategic arts initiatives that will impact the entire Greater Boston area.”

 

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Founded in 2012, MASSCreative works with creative leaders and entrepreneurs, working artists, arts educators, and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and support necessary to build vibrant and connected communities.

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Statement by Matt Wilson, MASSCreative Executive Director on Gov. Deval Patrick’s Cuts to the Massachusetts Cultural Council in State Budget

BOSTON, January 22, 2014— “We are disappointed with Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed allocation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which cuts the state’s investment in arts and culture by $1.5 million. Massachusetts is home to large-scale museums, theaters, and orchestras, as well as numerous community-based playhouses and art centers that drive our economy, enhance the academic performance of our students, and build vibrant, connected communities. Core to the success of these cultural institutions is public investment in the arts through the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The budget released today by Governor Deval Patrick is a step in the wrong direction.

“Over the past 25 years, the Commonwealth’s investment in the creative community has declined nearly 60 percent. Twenty-five years ago, the state invested $27 million in the creative community; 10 years ago that investment was $19 million. Today, it stands at $11.1 million and Gov. Patrick’s proposal would bring it to $9.6 million. Arts organizations in Massachusetts, particularly the smaller and community-based ones that do so much for the downtowns of our Gateway Cities, and enhance the educations of under-resourced youth, operate below full capacity and are not having the impact that they could be having on the economic health and educational success of our cities and towns.

“Last week, MASSCreative delivered petitions to the State House signed by more than 3,000 voters voicing strong support for a $5 million increase to the Massachusetts Cultural Council budget, bringing it to $16.1 million. We look forward to reversing the Governor’s proposed cuts and working with lawmakers to achieve this goal and support the creative community as it continues to make Massachusetts a desirable place in which to live, work, and play.”

 

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Founded in 2012, MASSCreative works with creative leaders and entrepreneurs, working artists, arts educators, and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and support necessary to build vibrant and connected communities.

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Create the Vote Coalition Congratulates Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh

    

Coalition of arts groups looks forward to working with new mayor, who will be a champion of the arts 

 

BOSTON, November 6, 2013—The Create the Vote Coalition congratulates Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh, and looks forward to partnering with him to bolster the city’s arts and cultural sector. It also offers thanks to John Connolly for engaging in a thoughtful, issues-based campaign that drew attention to the role that arts and cultural organizations play in the city of Boston, and the need for political leadership and support for the sector.

“We look forward to working with Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh to build a more vibrant and connected city. He has promised to hire a cabinet-level arts commissioner who will advocate for arts and cultural organizations, and work on a strategic cultural plan for the city that can be integrated with other priorities such as education, economic development, public safety, housing, and transportation,” said Matt Wilson, executive director of MASSCreative, the convening member of the Create the Vote Coalition. “Mayor-Elect Walsh has also committed to invest in arts and cultural initiatives, reform the permitting process, bolster arts education, and employ arts as a tool to spur neighborhood development.”

“Creativity is powerful. It increases economic activity, boosts educational opportunities for young people, and helps build strong communities,” said David Howse, executive director of the Boston Children’s Chorus. “We look forward to collaborating with Mayor-Elect Walsh on his first order of business, which is selecting his cabinet, which will include the city of Boston’s first cabinet-level commissioner of the arts.”

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Create the Vote Coalition to host public meetings with Mayoral Finalists John Connolly and Marty Walsh

BOSTON, October 15, 2013—Create the Vote, a coalition of Boston arts, cultural, and creative institutions, announced today that it will host public meetings with Boston mayoral finalists John Connolly and Marty Walsh. Joyce Kulhawik, President of the Boston Theater Critics Association and JoycesChoices.com, will moderate both meetings. The public is invited to attend.

The Create the Vote Forum with Marty Walsh will be held Friday, October 18 at the African Meeting House of the Museum of African American History at 46 Joy Street on Beacon Hill. The event will run from 9-10AM. The public is invited to arrive by 8:30AM for breakfast.

The Create the Vote Forum with John Connolly will be held Friday, October 25 at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton Street in the South End. Villa Victoria is a program of IBA-Inquilinos Boricuas En Acción. The event will run from 4:15-5:15 PM. The public is invited to arrive by 3:45.

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Statement by MASSCreative on Boston Preliminary Election Results

    

BOSTON, September 25, 2013—On Tuesday, Boston mayoral candidates John Connolly and Marty Walsh emerged as the two finalists for the November 5 election. MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson issued the following statement in response to the election results:

“We don’t know who the next mayor of Boston will be. Voters will make that decision on November 5. But we already know that the next mayor of Boston will be a champion of the arts. Both candidates have committed to hiring a cabinet-level arts commissioner. This commissioner will advocate for the sector and work on a strategic cultural plan for the city that can be integrated with other priorities such as education, economic development, and public safety. Both candidates have also committed to funding the creative sector, reforming the permitting process; bolstering arts education; and employing arts as a tool to spur neighborhood development. 

“Creativity is powerful. It increases economic activity, boosts educational opportunities for young people, and helps build strong communities. We look forward to collaborating with the next mayor of Boston to support the arts and cultural community in working to its fullest capacity.” 

 

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Create the Vote Coalition Meets With Boston Mayoral Candidate Charlotte Golar Richie

    

Candidate says she would be a champion of the arts, but cautions arts advocates on the ability of a new Mayor to deliver additional support for the arts   

BOSTON, September 20, 2013—The Create the Vote Coalition announced today that Boston mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie met with the Coalition Sept. 5.

The Coalition—a collaboration of Boston’s arts, cultural, and creative institutions convened by MASSCreative—met with Golar Richie at ArtsBoston. Representatives from ArtsBoston, the Boston Children’s Museum, Celebrity Series, Huntington Theatre, and the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and a working artist questioned Golar Richie about her vision for the arts in Boston.

Golar Richie, who played classical piano growing up and worked as an actor after college, said that the arts have always been “a part” of her life.

“I would say that with me, you will get someone with a real, visceral connection to the arts,” she said. “I have a passion for the arts and the arts can help me address issues such as crime, education, and raising children’s self-esteem.”

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Create the Vote Coalition Meets With Boston Mayoral Candidate and City Councilor-at-Large John Connolly

Candidate would create a cabinet level position for arts and culture, as well as city department to oversee cultural initiatives   

BOSTON, September 5, 2013—The Create the Vote Coalition announced today that Boston mayoral candidate and Councilor-at-Large John Connolly met with the Coalition Aug. 23.

The Coalition—a collaboration of Boston’s arts, cultural, and creative institutions convened by MASSCreative—met with Connolly at HarborArts in East Boston. Representatives from HarborArts, ArtsBoston, ZUMIX, BostonAPP/Lab: Art in Public Places, and two working artists questioned Connolly about his vision for the arts in Boston.

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Create the Vote Coalition Meets With Boston Mayoral Candidate and City Councilor-at-Large Felix Arroyo

Candidate would create a line item for the arts in the city budget and expand credit for small business owners, including artists 

BOSTON, September 4, 2013—The Create the Vote Coalition announced today that Boston mayoral candidate and Councilor-at-Large Felix Arroyo met with the Coalition Aug. 23.

The Coalition—a collaboration of Boston’s arts, cultural, and creative institutions convened by MASSCreative—met with Arroyo at Celebrity Series. Representatives from the Celebrity Series, Boston Children’s Museum, the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and Boston Gay Men’s Chorus questioned Arroyo about his vision for the arts in Boston.

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Create the Vote Coalition Meets With Boston Mayoral Candidate and District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross

Candidate would dedicate one percent of linkage funds from private development to support arts and culture; outlines vision for how arts advocacy should work with other policy initiatives 

BOSTON, September 3, 2013—The Create the Vote Coalition announced today that Boston mayoral candidate and District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross met with the Coalition Aug. 22.

The Coalition—a collaboration of Boston’s arts , cultural, and creative institutions convened by MASSCreative—met with Ross at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Representatives from the Celebrity Series, Huntington Theatre, Stage Source, the Lyric Stage Company, and BostonAPP/Lab: Art in Public Places questioned Ross about his vision for the arts in Boston.

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Statement by MASSCreative on Sept. 9 Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity

BOSTON, August 29, 2013—Yesterday, MASSCreative re-confirmed the participation of seven candidates running for mayor of Boston in the Create the Vote Coalition’s long-planned Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity. A second mayoral debate, announced last week and organized by the Boston Herald, NECN, and Suffolk University, would have conflicted with the arts forum. After candidates pledged to keep their commitment to the Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity, the media organizations changed the time of their debate so that it no longer interfered with the Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity.

Matt Wilson, Executive Director of MASSCreative, the organizer of the Create the Vote Coalition, offered the following statement in response:

“We are pleased that all of the candidates running for mayor who had originally pledged to participate in the Boston Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity kept their promise. This action, along with what we are learning from the candidates during our individual meetings with them, shows a deep and growing political commitment to the issues of arts, culture and creativity. 

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