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As we ask arts and cultural groups why arts matter to them and why this matters in the gubernatorial and legislative races, the answers continue to be a testament to the depth and breadth of the creative community.

Another week, another great crop of Arts Matter videos! Executive director David LaValley at The Center for Arts in Natick films some familiar faces sharing their “Arts Matter Stories” in his video, including prominent musicians Suzanne Vega, Livingston Taylor, Stacey Peasley, Patty Larkin, and Jake Shimabukuro.

Greg Hughes and Kristen Gregory at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival speak to the inherent reasons why arts matter to everyone, and why it is imperative to support both art and the institutions that create it.

Somerville Community Access Television executive director Wendy Blom shares her video in Union Square, where she reports on local cultural events like the “What the Fluff? Festival” and highlights the importance of raising the profile of arts in the upcoming state elections.

Catalina Arrubla of Multi-Arts speaks form the heart, providing thoughtful testimony to the influence of the arts in our culture, and its ability to encapsulate our stories.

Watch these videos below for a sampling of the diverse array of Arts Matter stories from the creative community. 

Check out Catalina Arrubla's video on Facebook.


The “Arts Matter” message is spreading. Everyday, new groups continue to join the movement and take part in the campaign, demonstrating the creative community’s growing awareness of the effectiveness of arts advocacy to garner political support.


Boston -- MASSCreative is partnering with Jeff Grantz from Materials & Methods for Illuminus Boston on October 25. A free nighttime festival featuring large-scale projections and light installations, music, performances, and multimedia experiences, Illuminus will take over several blocks in the SoWa area of the South End. Arts Matter will have it's own projection area at the event.

Salem - Deborah Greel, City Art Planner for the City of Salem; Kylie Sullivan, Manager of Salem Main Streets; and John Andrews of Creative Salem want to gather a whole slew of Arts Matter stories from the people of Salem. They're brainstorming a list of artists, arts leaders, and Salem staples to ask for their Arts Matter stories. They'll have a Arts Matter booth at the last Farmer's Market of the season on Thursday, October 23 so that they'll have plenty of videos and photos to share on Arts Matter Day, October 24.

Worcester – Music Worcester plans to incorporate ‘Arts Matter Day’ into their opening night, a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, by making a curtain speech, inviting attendees to share their ‘Arts Matter Story’ on social media using the hashtag #ArtsMatter or #ArtsMatterDay.  Arts Matter photos will also be taken in the lobby.

LawrenceEssex Art Center, John Budzyna plans to celebrate Arts Matter Day on October 24th by engaging kids from the community in hands-on art projects and creating a video recording of their participation along with stories about why art matters to them.

Easthampton – Easthampton City Arts+: Christy Crutchfield, Denise Riggs, Burns Maxey, and others plan to create an ‘Arts Matter’ photo booth where people can have their photo taken with their response to the question, “Arts Matter Because…?”

Amherst/Boston - Arts Matter on campus. Matt traveled to UMASS/Amherst and Boston University to teach classes to arts administration students about the need for arts and cultural institutions to engage in advocacy.  He engaged students in the strategies and tactics MASSCreative is using to bring more resources to the arts and cultural community. Both campuses are planning events on Arts Matter Day.

Arts Management students at Emerson College got a lesson in Advocacy 101 when Tracie visited one of Julie Hennrikus' classes. Students are finding their advocacy voice and submitting their own Arts Matter videos, planning Arts Matter activities on campus, and getting their friends involved, too.

Jamaica Plain – At Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Abigail Norman and The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts decided to ask visitors at the bustling outdoor fair why arts matter to them. Taking over 50 Arts Matter photos, our friends at the Eliot School captured a colorful array of answers. Check out their pictures in our Arts Matter Album.

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