mc_news_blueSq.jpg #ArtsMatter Day highlights


Happy #ArtsMatter Day! As part of our Arts Matter Days happening today and on October 24th, we’re asking folks to share why arts matter to them and why they should matter in state elections.  Arts and cultural leaders and organizations are joining the conversation and engaging their audiences in arts advocacy. Check out some of our favorite projects below and get your wheels turning for #ArtsMatter Day on October 24th! Contact Tracie ([email protected]) if you need help formulating your plan.

Pittsfield – Berkshire Museum knows that funding for the arts is so very important to the Berkshires - that's why they're participating in Arts Matter Days. In the week leading up to Arts Matter Day, September 12, the museum posted an #ArtsMatter video from Van Shields, the executive director. Throughout the week, they invited their supporters to show that Arts Matter to them and post their responses online. Today, in the lobby of the museum, there are chalkboards asking visitors to share why arts matter to them and should matter in this election. They'll be capturing participation of visitors and staff through photos and videos and showcasing them on the museum's social media pages.

Amherst – UMass Arts Extension ServiceDee Boyle-Clapp is encouraging students in her Arts Management class to participate in ‘Arts Matter Day’ by offering extra credit to those who share their ‘Arts Matter’ stories on social media using the hashtag #ArtsMatter. 

Northampton – Arts night outPenny Burke, Director of the Northampton Center for the Arts, will be making an ‘Arts Matter’ announcement, sparking chalk artists and attendees to share their ‘ArtsMatter’ stories.  The chalk will wash away, but the message will sustain: arts matter to Northampton.

mc_news_blueSq.jpg Watch our #ArtsMatter videos of the week:


Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi

Van Shields, Berkshire Museum

Matthew Zahnzinger, Moonbox Productions


Check our YouTubeTwitter, and Facebook for more #ArtsMatter videos, pictures, and stories!


Did you see Barbara Grossman, wife of Steve Grossman, proudly wearing her Arts Matter button on the podium on the night of Election Day? Don’t be left out when you are seen walking down Main Street or are on Channel 7. Get your buttons by emailing Drew ([email protected]).


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