Sarah Berry

The Art Connection endorsed 2014-04-28 11:11:17 -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.


The Art Connection endorsed 2014-03-21 12:23:43 -0400

Join the Create the Vote 2014 Coalition

Join arts, cultural and creative institutions from across the Commonwealth as coalition members of Create the Vote 2014. During the gubernatorial campaign, Create the Vote will work to raise awareness and support for the creative community among voters and candidates.


endorsed via 2014-02-27 15:11:11 -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. 


The Art Connection endorsed 2013-07-17 09:56:55 -0400

  Allocate the remaining $26 million to repair and rebuild our cultural facilities

GOAL: 150

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Dear Governor Patrick,

From our world-class facilities to our neighborhood arts centers and community playhouses, arts and culture have built connected communities and a vibrant, thriving economy across the Commonwealth. Our cultural venues make Massachusetts an exceptional place to live, work, play and visit.  

Yet every year, our cultural facilities continue to age. With hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, our venues are subject to wear and tear and ever-changing building codes, and require vigilance to make sure they are accessible to all.

As a coalition of arts, community and business leaders from across the state, we want to thank you for recognizing the economic and cultural value our facilities bring to the Commonwealth. Through your leadership, the Cultural Facilities Fund has granted $54.8 million to 269 cultural organizations for the planning and development of our cultural facilities in 99 cities and towns; provided 14,808 building jobs to architects, engineers, contractors, and construction workers; and created 1,412 new permanent jobs.

In 2009, the legislature provided you with $50 million in capital funds, allowing for an average yearly allocation of $10 million to our cultural facilities over five years. Your yearly allocation has remained around $5 million, leaving a reserve of $26 million in the final year of authorization.

We ask for your leadership in investing in the Commonwealth's cultural facilities by allocating the remaining $26 million of the Cultural Facilities Fund in the last year of this cycle. 


Third Friday Advocacy Day - January 18th 2013

157 pledges

Yes, our organization will participate in MASSCreative's Third Friday Advocacy Day on January 18th 2013. 

We will ask our colleagues and supporters to sign a petition to Governor Patrick and request he increase the Commonwealth’s investment in the arts and cultural community by increasing the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s FY2014 budget by $3 million to a total of $12.5 million. 

We pledge to engage our organization in one or more of the following ways: 

  • Encouraging our staff and board to sign the petition
  • Sending out a request to our email lists of supporters, Facebook friends and Twitter followers linking them to the petition and encouraging them to sign
  • Engaging our live audiences on Friday the 18th by signing the petition on their smart phones or on a hard copy at your event venue

 


signed Municipal investment in creative work 2012-12-14 12:52:04 -0500

Municipal investment in creative work

It is important to ask our own towns and cities to invest in the creative community. I am interested in initiating a campaign urging leaders in my own town to add financial support to the work of creative people in our area.

7 pledges

signed Invest in creative spaces 2012-12-14 12:51:46 -0500

Invest in creative spaces

I want to invest in the places where we create and share our creative work through increasing the Commonwealth's annual allocation for the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. I want to help build a statewide movement to ask Governor Patrick to increase Massachusetts' investment to build, rehabilitate and maintain our galleries, theaters, studios and museums.

18 pledges

signed Ensure quality arts education in MA 2012-12-14 12:51:22 -0500

Ensure quality arts education in MA

I want to ensure quality arts education for all kids in Massachusetts by including one year of high school arts education as a requirement for admission to the state’s university system. I will help organize my community to encourage the Board of Higher Education to act.

25 pledges

signed Increase public investment in creativity 2012-12-14 12:49:30 -0500

Increase public investment in creativity

I am interested in working to bring more public investment to our creative communities through increasing the Massachusetts Cultural Council budget. Please contact me with information about upcoming planning and strategy meetings. 

57 pledges

 


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