Tracy Kraus

@Worchambmusic tweeted link to Governor Baker: Support the Mass Cultural Council budget increase. 2019-07-26 10:25:25 -0400
Gov. Baker has until 8.1 to sign off on the FY20 budget, which includes a $2M increase to @masscultural. Sign the petition to help prevent an arts veto. #artsmatter http://www.mass-creative.org/fy20bakerpetition?recruiter_id=798

Governor Baker: Support the Mass Cultural Council budget increase

492 signatures

Dear Governor Baker,

As arts and cultural leaders and supporters from across the state, we are thrilled that the MA Legislature voted to increase the Mass Cultural Council’s budget to $18 million, as part of the FY20 state budget. This increase ensures the Mass Cultural Council can continue to do its work in providing grants and services to the creative community.

Arts and cultural nonprofits in Massachusetts support more than 73,000 full-time jobs, generate over $2.2 billion in total spending, and bring in nearly $100 million in state tax revenues. Public investment in these cultural organizations is a proven and reliable generator of economic activity, most noticeably in higher need areas of the state, such as our Gateway Cities and rural communities.

The arts and cultural community looks forward to your approval of the FY20 state budget and the Mass Cultural Council line item (0640-0300), and working with you and your administration to build a more vibrant, connected, and equitable Massachusetts.

The benefits the arts sector bring to our communities do not happen by accident. They are the result of strategic investments in Local Cultural Councils, working artists, cultural institutions, community groups, and youth programs by the Mass Cultural Council, which focuses on expanding equitable access to art for all residents.

Specifically, the increase will allow for the Mass Cultural Council to:

  • Increase grants to its 329 Local Cultural Councils, the nation’s largest network of community arts support led by 2,500 volunteers in every city and town.
  • Reinvest in the Cultural Investment Portfolio, the core operating support program for more than 400 nonprofits.
  • Increase investment in Creative Youth Development Programs, nationally recognized programs that use the power of the arts, humanities, and sciences to help young people learn, grow, and thrive.
  • Deepen investments in its Universal Participation (UP) Initiative, which supports a growing cohort of cultural nonprofits that are breaking down barriers to participation through inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible policies and practices.


Sincerely,


Worcester Chamber Music Society endorsed 2018-12-20 20:05:17 -0500

DRAFT MASSCreative FY20 Leadership Council Letter to Governor Baker

***Please do not share this link outside of the Leadership Council. The formal request has yet to be made public.

Dear Governor Baker, 

Arts, culture, and creativity have a powerful impact on our communities. Arts and cultural organizations help drive the state’s local economies, from the Greater Boston area, to the downtown districts of Gateway Cities, to our rural and coastal communities, generating over $2.2 billion dollars in economic activity annually, supporting 73,000 full time jobs, and generating more than $159 million in local and state tax revenue[1]. Arts education has been proven to improve student achievement across academic disciplines and the arts play a vital role to help us find meaning and make sense of our lives.

As artists and leaders in the creative community, we encourage you to provide the arts and cultural community with the support it needs to help build vibrant, equitable, and healthy communities across the Commonwealth.

As you prepare to release your budget in January, please increase investment in the creative community and boost the FY2020 Mass Cultural Council budget to $18 million. This $2 million increase will fund arts, humanities, and science programs for underserved youth, the growing number of cultural districts, the 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), and the Commonwealth’s core arts and cultural institutions. Last year, the Mass Cultural Council and LCCs awarded grants to approximately 6,000 Massachusetts organizations. Each dollar spent generated an additional $2.30 of sales for local businesses, making the Mass Cultural Council budget an important driver of community and economic development. We ask you to appropriate these funds without earmarks to ensure that they are awarded to worthy institutions and projects through a fair, transparent public process.

State funding through the Mass Cultural Council strengthens the creative community in Massachusetts as a whole and is critical to the arts and culture sector’s ability to help drive the economy, enhance education, and help build community across the Commonwealth. These funds also play a key role in leveraging private investment in our cultural institutions and public programs.

Sincerely,
The MASSCreative Leadership Council 

[1] Arts and Economic Prosperity Report 5, 2016, Americans for the Arts


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Gov. Baker has until 7.30 to sign off on the FY19 budget, which includes a $2M increase to @masscultural. Sign the petition to help prevent an arts veto.

Governor Baker: Support the Mass Cultural Council budget increase

619 signatures

Dear Governor Baker,

After three years of level state funding for arts and culture, we are thrilled that the MA Legislature voted to increase the Mass Cultural Council’s budget to $16 million, as part of the FY19 state budget.

The creative community looks forward to your approval of the FY19 state budget and the Mass Cultural Council line item (0640-0300), and working with you and your administration to build a more vibrant, connected, and equitable Massachusetts.

This $2M increase to the Mass Cultural Council budget will allow the agency to invest in arts and cultural programs that:

  • Elevate the quality of life and well-being of all communities
  • Drive growth and opportunity through the creative economy
  • Empower a new generation through creative youth development and education
  • Ensure the arts are inclusive, equitable, and embrace our diversity

Specifically, the increase will allow for the Mass Cultural Council to:

  • Increase grants to its 329 Local Cultural Councils, the nation’s largest network of community arts support led by 2,500 volunteers in every city and town.
  • Reinvest in the Cultural Investment Portfolio, the core operating support program for more than 320 nonprofits.
  • Increase investment in Creative Youth Development Programs, nationally recognized programs that use the power of the arts, humanities, and sciences to help young people learn, grow, and thrive.
  • Deepen investments in its Universal Participation (UP) Initiative, which supports a growing cohort of cultural nonprofits that are breaking down barriers to access.

Sincerely,


Worcester Chamber Music Society endorsed 2017-12-20 19:06:01 -0500

MASSCreative FY19 Leadership Council Letter to Governor Baker

Dear Governor Baker, 

Arts, culture, and creativity have a powerful impact on our communities. Arts and cultural organizations help drive the state’s local economies, from the Greater Boston area, to the downtown districts of Gateway Cities, to our rural and coastal communities, generating over $2.2 billion dollars in economic activity annually, supporting 73,000 full time jobs, and generating more than $159 million in local and state tax revenue[1]. Arts education has been proven to improve student achievement across academic disciplines and the arts play a vital role to help us find meaning and make sense of our lives.

As artists and leaders in the creative community, we encourage you to provide the arts and cultural community with the support it needs to help build vibrant, equitable, and healthy communities across the Commonwealth.

As you prepare to release your budget in January, please increase investment in the creative community and boost the FY2019 Mass Cultural Council budget to $17 million. This $3 million increase will fund arts, humanities, and science programs for underserved youth, the growing number of cultural districts, the 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), and the Commonwealth’s core arts and cultural institutions. Last year, the Mass Cultural Council and LCCs awarded grants to approximately 6,000 Massachusetts organizations. Each dollar spent generated an additional $2.30 of sales for local businesses, making the Mass Cultural Council budget an important driver of community and economic development. We ask you to appropriate these funds without earmarks to ensure that they are awarded to worthy institutions and projects through a fair, transparent public process.

State funding through the Mass Cultural Council strengthens the creative community in Massachusetts as a whole and is critical to the arts and culture sector’s ability to help drive the economy, enhance education, and help build community across the Commonwealth. These funds also play a key role in leveraging private investment in our cultural institutions and public programs.

Sincerely,
The MASSCreative Leadership Council 

[1] Arts and Economic Prosperity Report 5, 2016, Americans for the Arts


endorsed 2016-12-14 19:18:38 -0500

MASSCreative Leadership Council Letter to Governor Baker

Dear Governor Baker, 

Arts, culture, and creativity have a powerful impact on our communities. Arts and cultural organizations help drive the state’s local economies, from the Greater Boston area, to the downtown districts of Gateway Cities, to our rural and coastal communities, generating almost five billion dollars in economic activity annually. Arts education has been proven to improve student achievement across academic disciplines and the arts play a vital role to help us find meaning and make sense of our lives.

As artists and leaders in the creative community, we encourage you to provide the arts and cultural community with the support it needs to help build vibrant, equitable, and healthy communities across the Commonwealth.

As you prepare to release your budget in January, please increase investment in the creative community and boost the FY2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) budget to $16 million. This $2 million increase will fund arts, humanities, and science programs for underserved youth, the growing number of cultural districts, the 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), and the Commonwealth’s core arts and cultural institutions. Last year, the MCC and LCCs awarded grants to approximately 6,000 Massachusetts organizations. Each dollar spent generated an additional $2.30 of sales for local businesses, making the MCC budget an important driver of community and economic development. We ask you to appropriate these funds without earmarks to ensure that they are awarded to worthy institutions and projects through a fair, transparent public process.

State funding through the MCC strengthens the creative community in Massachusetts as a whole and is critical to the arts and culture sector’s ability to help drive the economy, enhance education, and help build community across the Commonwealth. These funds also play a key role in leveraging private investment in our cultural institutions and public programs.

Sincerely,
The MASSCreative Leadership Council 


endorsed 2015-12-08 15:12:47 -0500

MASSCreative Leadership Council Letter to Governor Baker

Dear Governor Baker, 

Arts, culture, and creativity have a powerful impact on our communities. They drive the state’s local economies, from the Greater Boston area, to the downtown districts of Gateway Cities, to our rural and coastal communities. They improve student achievement across academic disciplines, and they help us find meaning and make sense of our lives.

As artists and leaders in the creative community, we encourage you to provide the arts and cultural community with the support it needs to help build vibrant, equitable, and healthy communities across the Commonwealth.

As you prepare to release your budget in January, please increase investment in the creative community and boost the FY2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) budget to $17 million. This $3 million increase will fund arts, humanities, and science programs for underserved youth, the growing number of cultural districts, the 329 Local Cultural Councils, and the Commonwealth’s core arts and cultural institutions. We ask you to appropriate these funds without earmarks to ensure that they are awarded to worthy institutions and projects through a fair, transparent public process.

State funding through the MCC strengthens the creative community in Massachusetts as a whole and is critical to the arts and culture sector’s ability to help drive the economy, enhance education, and help build community across the Commonwealth. These funds also play a key role in leveraging private investment in our cultural institutions and public programs.

Sincerely,
The MASSCreative Leadership Council


Worcester Chamber Music Society endorsed 2014-05-05 14:39:49 -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.


donated 2019-06-28 19:28:07 -0400

Give as a Member Organization

Support the creative community. Become a Member Organization of MASSCreative.

MASSCreative Member Organizations are an active group dedicated to supporting and empowering creative activities in their communities and in the Commonwealth.

By becoming a Member, your organization will gain access to an advocacy group of nearly 400 peer organizations. Your membership will help MASSCreative work on your behalf to build a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Commonwealth, animated by arts, culture and creative expression.

“With MASSCreative’s leadership, the arts are in the State House, on the campaign trail and in town meetings across the Commonwealth, making the case for why art isn’t just nice, it’s necessary.”
-- Jill Medvedow, Executive Director, ICA

Please refer to the chart, below, to determine your organization's suggested donation level.

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Feel free to join by mail instead by sending a check and your organization's information to:
MASSCreative Action Network
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Boston, MA 02210 

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