Tracie Konopinski

Arts Matter Day 2019 Partners

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826 Boston Mass Poetry
Actors' Shakespeare Project MassArt Art Museum
AHA! New Bedford Maud Morgan Arts
American Repertory Theater Maynard Cultural Council
Andover Choral Society Medford Arts Council
Apple Tree Arts Melrose Cultural Council
Arlekin Players Theatre Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Artists For Humanity Methuen Arts
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston Michelle McGrath PR | Media Relations
Arts Connect International Mid Cape Cultural Council
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod MIFA Victory Theatre
ArtsEmerson Monomoy Regional High School
ArtWeek/Boch Center Mrs Brown • Art ®
ātac: downtown arts + music Mystic Chorale
BalletRox Nantucket Arts Council/Nantucket Cultural District
Berkshire Playwrights Lab Natick High School
Berkshire Theatre Group Neighborhood House Charter School
Beyond Change Consulting at Freedom Ranch New Art Center
Boch Center/ ArtWeek MA New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!
Boston Arts Sport Entertainment New England Foundation for the Arts
Boston Early Music Festival New England Museum Association
Boston Gay Men's Chorus New England Philharmonic
Boston Lyric Opera New England Puppet Arts
Boston Philharmonic Orchestra New England Theatre Geek
Boston Singers' Resource New Repertory Theatre
Boston University New School of Music
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Nilp
BostonAPP/Lab North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Brookline Music School Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
Cambridge Art Association Old Sturbridge Village
Cambridge Center for Adult Education Open Spirit Center & Common Street Spiritual Center
CANVAS Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College
Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum & Cultural Center Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Passim
Cape Cod Museum of Art Peabody Main Streets
Cappella Clausura Performing Arts Center of MetroWest
CelebrationSongs Pioneer Valley Ballet
Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP) at MassArt Project STEP
Central Square Theater Quabbin Quills
Chicopee Cultural Council Qualters Middle School
City of Boston, Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture Rising Step
City of New Bedford River's Edge Arts Alliance
City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
CLARK ART INSTITUTE Salem State University Center for Creative and Performing Arts
Community Access to the Arts (CATA) Seaglass Theater Company
Community Music Center of Boston Sessions College
Cotuit Center for the Arts Shelter Music Boston
Country Dance Society, Boston Centre SMARTS Collaborative
Creative Collective LLC South Boston Open Studios
Creative Haverhill South Shore Theatre Works
Cultural Center of Cape Cod SpeakEasy Stage Company
Dedham Historical Society Springfield Central Cultural District
Dennis-Yarmouth High School Springfield College
Diamond Family Circus Springfield Cultural Council
Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts Springfield JCC/Pioneer Valley Jewish Community Center
Emmanuel Music Springfield Museums
Express Yourself, Inc. Stackhouse Creative
FireUrchin Arts Production StageSource
Fitchburg Art Museum Stretch It Out; Kuss Middle School Theater Arts Program
Fitchburg State University Susan Margot Ecker Photography + Encore Tours
Flying Cloud Institute The Actors Company
Folk Song Society of Greater Boston The Dance Complex
Follow Your Art Community Studios The Movement at Berklee
Gallery X The Poets' Theatre
Greater Boston Stage Company The Record Co.
Green Cambridge The Umbrella Community Arts Center
Harwich Cultural Center The Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Hatch Street Artists Studios Turtleback Limited
Haverhill Cultural Council UMass Dartmouth Galleries
Holliston Mill Artists UMass Dartmouth Library
Hostetler Gallery Unbound Visual Arts
Hub Theatre Company of Boston University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA)
Huntington Theatre Company Urbanity Dance
Hyde Square Task Force USS Constitution Museum
Improbable Players VSA Massachusetts
Integral Arts Everett Walpole Footlighters, Inc.
Interactive School House Waltham Mills Open Studios
Irving House at Harvard Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Jacob's Pillow Wheelock Family Theatre
Jewish Arts Collaborative Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
Johnson String Instrument Williams College
Joy of Music Winchester Cultural District
Lowell Public Schools Worcester Art Museum
Main IDEA Youth & Arts Worcester State University, Visual and Performing Arts Department
Mashpee Public Schools Workshop13
Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA)
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Cosponsors on Mass Cultural Council FY20 Senate Budget Amendments

Email your Senator a note of thanks for their support of the creative community.

Amendment # 686

Lead Sponsor - Senator Ed Kennedy (D-Lowell)

26 Cosponsors

List as of May 24, 10:30am

Also available on here.
Amendment # 832

Lead Sponsor - Senator Ed Kennedy (D-Lowell)

18 Cosponsors

List as of May 24, 10:30am

Also available on here.
Sen. Michael Barrett (D-Lexington) Sen. Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop)
Sen. Joseph Boncore (D-Winthrop) Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton)
Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston) Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn)
Sen. Nick Collins (D-South Boston) Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro)
Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton) Sen. Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth)
Sen. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) Sen. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen)
Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro) Sen. James Eldridge (D-Acton)
Sen. Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) Sen. Paul Feeney (D-Foxboro)
Sen. Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) Sen. Barry Finegold (D-Andover)
Sen. James Eldridge (D-Acton) Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer)
Sen. Paul Feeney (D-Foxboro) Sen. Donald Humason (R-Westfield)
Sen. Barry Finegold (D-Andover) Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville)
Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) Sen. Ed Kennedy (D-Lowell)
Sen. Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield) Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow)
Sen. Donald Humason (R-Westfield) Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury)
Sen. Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) Sen. Walter F. Timilty (D-Walpole)
Sen. Ed Kennedy (D-Lowell) Sen. Dean Tran (R-Fitchburg)
Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield)
Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem)  
Sen. Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford)  
Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury)  
Sen. Patrick O'Connor (D-Weymouth)  
Sen. Rebecca Rausch (D- Needham)  
Sen. Walter F. Timilty (D-Walpole)  
Sen. Dean Tran (R-Fitchburg)  
Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield)  


Creativity Connects: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day Toolkit

Help spread the word about Creativity Connects: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day to your networks.

Check out our toolkit for sample email content to send to your lists, sample social media posts, copy for your next newsletter, and graphics for all your design needs.

RSVP to attend Creativity Connects: MASSCreative Arts Advocacy Day on March 26 in Boston.








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MASSCreative Statement on Question 3

November 6, 2018—Today, Massachusetts voters approved Ballot Question 3, which preserves a 2016 law prohibiting discrimination against transgender people in public places. MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson offered the following statement in response:

“We congratulate transgender residents and their families, as well as the rest of the state, on this important electoral defense of the 2016 civil rights law. Transgender people must have the same basic protections enjoyed by everyone else in Massachusetts so they can live their lives with safety, privacy, and dignity. Although much of the focus on this law centered on access to public restrooms, the law also prohibits discrimination in museums, theaters, and art galleries.

“Creativity in all its forms helps build more vibrant, equitable and connected communities and every resident, regardless of gender identity, must be able to safely access the spaces in which we display, express, and showcase art. Today, the arts community joined others across the state in voting yes on Question 3, and we are proud of our participation in the coalition to preserve civil rights protections for transgender residents.”

Get out the Vote Email/Newsletter

Sample Get out the Vote email:

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Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day in Massachusetts.

Over the past six months, MASSCreative's Create the Vote coalition engaged candidates and voters around the role that culture, creativity, and the arts play in building vibrant, connected communities. Through candidates questionnaires, sit-down meetings, and forums, Create the Vote has shown that arts matter in Massachusetts and matter in this election.  

Now, we need to make sure the creative community turns out to vote. 

Before you vote on November 6, check out the candidates’ positions on arts and culture and share with friends, family, and fellow voters. 

Don’t know your polling location? Find out here

Sample Get out the Vote newsletter:


Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day in Massachusetts.

Elections provide a great opportunity for candidates and voters to come together and talk about the strength of our communities, the challenges, and the vision of what’s going to make Massachusetts a healthy place to live, work, and play. 

At a time when technology and politics tend to divide us, MASSCreative's Create the Vote coalition has brought together candidates and voters to discuss the ways that arts and creative expression connect and engage us, improve schools, strengthen local business districts, and build vibrant neighborhoods. 

Now, we need to make sure the creative community turns out to vote. 

Before you vote on November 6, check out the candidates’ positions on arts and culture and share with friends, family, and fellow voters. 

Don’t know your polling location? Find out here

BOSTON, August 27, 2018 - MASSCreative Announces New Policy and Government Affairs Director

BOSTON, August 27, 2018—MASSCreative announces today that it has named Emily Ruddock as its new Director of Policy and Government Affairs, where she will advance MASSCreative’s policy platform with government officials, opinion leaders, and advocacy partners. MASSCreative hired Ruddock in 2017 as a program advocate but promoted her in less than a year to direct the organization’s policy and government advocacy efforts. She brings 13 years of experience working in strategic and management positions for non-profit arts organizations, including government service as the first director of the City of Lynn’s Downtown Cultural District. In her role as director of policy and government affairs, Ruddock will continue this work on a broader scale.

“Emily is a skilled communicator and leader who can bring people together to get things done. Her passion for the arts and arts advocacy is palpable,” said Matt Wilson, MASSCreative’s executive director. “MASSCreative has made great gains at the State House and in the broader political realm, advocating for arts and creativity as a path to prosperity and better quality of life in the Commonwealth. But political and policy support for arts, culture, and creativity is never a given. It requires ongoing organizing and advocacy and the continued cultivation of municipal and state leaders. Emily is the perfect person to lead us in this work.”

Before joining MASSCreative, Ruddock was the artistic producer at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT), where she managed the day-to-day operations of the Artistic Department, including all hiring, resource logistics, and budgeting for at least three annual theatrical productions. She also developed and supervised MRT’s first education department-focused effort, strengthening partnerships with local social service organizations and schools.

As director of Lynn’s Downtown Cultural District, Ruddock was highly regarded by city officials and local arts leaders for her leadership in coordinating arts and cultural organizations for neighborhood revitalization and economic development. Ruddock worked with elected city and state officials on a range of projects to promote downtown Lynn and the arts community, including drafting legislation establishing the city’s first Public Art Commission. She also organized and executed free public events featuring local arts and community groups.

Ruddock holds a BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

BOSTON, July 26, 2018—MASSCreative Urges State Legislature To Override Gov. Baker’s Veto of Spending on Art, Culture, and Creativity

BOSTON, July 26, 2018— Today, Governor Charlie Baker vetoed $2 million in funding for the Mass Cultural Council, reducing the recommended funding for the organization from $16.1 million to $14.1 million. MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson offered the following statement in response:

“We are deeply dismayed by Gov. Baker’s veto of funding for the Mass Cultural Council approved by lawmakers. This is the fourth year in a row that Gov. Baker has vetoed increased funding for the Mass Cultural Council. For the past three years, lawmakers have overridden his vetos by overwhelming margins. We are incredibly grateful to state lawmakers for their continued leadership and urge them to once again fully override Gov. Baker’s veto.

“The local cultural councils and other nonprofit arts organizations funded by the Mass Cultural Council infuse our cities and towns with creative activities and events making our neighborhoods more connected, vibrant, and equitable. The benefits of these intentional investments in art and creativity can be seen in our schools and communities. Our state and local economies are made up of hundreds of downtown districts that rely upon the contributions of nonprofit arts organizations, who generated more than $2.2 billion in activity in 2015 alone. These organizations rely on support from the Mass Cultural Council which, in turn, is used to leverage additional, private investment.”


#ArtsMatterDay October 26, 2018: Sign Up!

On #ArtsMatterDay October 26, 2018 the creative community will flood social media with images and videos celebrating why arts matter in Massachusetts. 

Sign up here to say that you're joining our online day of celebration and receive our #ArtsMatterDay toolkit. We'll list you as a partner on our website, and we invite you to:

  • Share that you're celebrating #ArtsMatterDay and invite others to join on social media.
  • Celebrate #ArtsMatterDay on October 26 by posting pictures and videos on October 26 and using #ArtsMatter to highlight your organization's events and programs.

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Your donation will help us bring together the collective voice of the creative community to advocate for the resources necessary to build healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities.
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Over 600 Arts Leaders and Supporters Attend Arts Matter Advocacy Day!


In the largest gathering of arts supporters in more than a decade, MASSCreative’s Arts Matter Advocacy Day at the Paramount Center and the MA State House on March 28 sent a clear message to our State Senators and Representatives that arts matter. The energy was infectious, and the advocacy, effective.  

Over 600 (we had expected 300) arts and cultural leaders and supporters and young people gathered for a day of networking with old friends and meeting new ones. We honed our advocacy and storytelling skills and traveled through the Boston Common in an ‘Arts Matter March’ to the State House to meet with legislators on arts and cultural issues.

House Budget Cuts Arts Funding by 13%


On April 26, the Massachusetts House passed its FY18 budget that will fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council at $12.1 million, a significant cut from the current year.

This appropriation represents an increase over the original House Ways and Means proposal of $10 million, yet the budget is still a 13% cut from last year’s appropriation to the MCC, which provides funding to the arts and cultural community to build a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Massachusetts.

MASSCreative Fights Trump’s Proposal to Eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts & National Endowment for the Humanities


In his first budget proposal, President Trump called for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). MASSCreative proudly stood with arts advocacy groups across the country, as well as the national arts advocacy group Americans for the Arts (AFTA), in opposition to any cuts in NEA and NEH funding. This broad-based coalition sent out a call to reverse the cuts and instead is asking Congress to increase funding to the NEA and NEH at $155 million each. 

Youth Artists Gather for Action Retreat


When students and families across the Commonwealth were relaxing during April vacation, over 50 teens and youth workers from nine Boston-area youth arts organizations came together for the 3rd Annual Youth Arts Action Retreat on April 21 at Zumix in East Boston.

Teens and youth workers from Zumix, Boch Center, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Community Art Center, Hyde Square Task Force, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), Massachusetts Cultural Council, Mayor’s Youth Council of Boston, Sociedad Latina, and Urbanity Dance gathered to learn advocacy and storytelling skills and take action to build the youth arts community.

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Thank You Member Organizations


Shout out to the organizations that recently joined and renewed their memberships with MASSCreative to support arts advocacy in Massachusetts. Thanks for all you do to build healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities through arts and culture. Our membership now represents 383 arts and cultural organizations, and individual artists and sector supporters. If you have not done so, please consider joining MASSCreative as a member organization or individual advocate

MASSCreative Has Opened Up its Search to Hire a Deputy Director


Coming off the heels of its successful Arts Matter Advocacy Day in March, MASSCreative has opened up its search to hire a Deputy Director.

MASSCreative's Deputy Director will lead an initiative to diversify and increase the organization's revenue streams, develop a stronger narrative and communications strategy to decision makers and the public, and strengthen its organizational infrastructure, through board and staff development. The Deputy Director will work hand in hand with our small by mighty staff to continue MASSCreative’s growth to build its capacity to boldly advocate for the arts, cultural, and creative community. 

MASSCreative and MA Association of Community Development Corporations Partner on Creative Placemaking Workshops



MASSCreative is partnering with the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) to engage in an intensive, one-year program to build knowledge and advance creative placemaking with artists and community developers across the Commonwealth.

Creative placemaking is a strategy to shape, reshape, or preserve communities and local economies by intentionally leveraging the power of arts, culture, and creativity.

As part of this work, MASSCreative and MACDC are hosting a series of workshops to bring together artists, designers, planners, architects, and community developers. Workshops are scheduled for Salem (May 16th), Worcester (June 27th), and Holyoke (June 29th).

Final ESSA State Plan includes Arts Education in the Mix!


On March 28, after ten months of work, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) presented the final version of its plan to guide the Commonwealth’s public education priorities over the next decade. The good news is that access and participation in quality arts education is included on the Department’s priority list.

Working with the Arts for All Coalition (Arts|Learning, Boston Public Schools, EdVestors, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MassINC, Project LEARN, and Young Audiences of Massachusetts), MASSCreative strongly advocated for arts education to be part of the new state plan as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Responding to over a thousand e-mails from members of the arts and education communities, the plans adopted by DESE, call for the development of a “report card” that will track schools and districts on a number of measures, including for the first time, access and participation in arts education.

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