October 16 Policy Update

MASSCreative continues to monitor and report on state and federal policy that supports equitable communities and a stronger, more inclusive creative sector. Here's the Policy Update from the last two week including:

  • Federal Stimulus Bill
  • FY21 State Budget
  • End of the Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures
  • New guidance from the Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education on musical instruments
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October 16 MASSCreative Virtual Policy & Action Update

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October 2 MASSCreative Virtual Policy & Action Update

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Creating the Vote: How to Actually Take Action

On September 11, the Create the Vote Steering Committee hosted Creating the Vote: How to Actually Take Action, a webinar to help artists, culture workers and creative organizations think about the ways to support and strengthen our democracy. You can watch a recording of the webinar here. 

Check out the resources mentioned in the webinar below.

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Cambridge Arts COVID-19 Impact Petition

In partnership with arts and cultural leaders in the city of Cambridge, MASSCreative is hosting a petition to Mayor Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Mallon, City Manager DePasquale, and esteemed members of the Cambridge City Council to advocate for protection and relief for arts and culture in Cambridge. Learn more about the Central Square Arts Network leading the petition and local advocacy.

Since the arrival of COVID-19 to the Commonwealth and Cambridge, arts and cultural organizations - as well as the artists, creative workers and administrators who make up the sector - have been greatly impacted. 

A report from the Mass Cultural Council shared these sobering facts:

  • $425 Million in reported lost revenues by arts and cultural nonprofits
  • 17,000 jobs in the creative community affected

These impacts are felt by artists, creative workers, and arts & cultural organizations in Cambridge. Leaders of the Cambridge arts and cultural community are preparing to send the following letter to recently sent the following letter to Mayor Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Mallon, City Manager DePasquale, and members of the Cambridge City Council

If you are a Cambridge resident or work in Cambridge, add your name to the petition.

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Somerville Arts COVID-19 Impact Petition

08/28/20 UPDATE: Mayor Curtatone and the ResiStat program will host a Arts Community Town Hall Meeting 9/15/20 at 6:30pm. We encourage all Somerville arts community members and supporters to join this event. 

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In partnership with arts and cultural leaders in the city of Somerville, MASSCreative is hosting a petition to Mayor Curtatone and the City Councilors of Somerville to advocate for protection and relief for arts and culture in Somerville. 

Since the arrival of COVID-19 to the Commonwealth and Somerville, arts and cultural organizations - as well as the artists, creative workers and administrators who make up the sector - have been greatly impacted. 

A report from the Mass Cultural Council shared these sobering facts:

  • $425 Million in reported lost revenues by arts and cultural nonprofits
  • 17,000 jobs in the creative community affected

These impacts are felt by artists, creative workers, and arts & cultural organizations in Somerville. Leaders of the Somerville arts and cultural community recently sent the following letter to Mayor Curtatone and the City Councilors of Somerville

If you are a Somerville resident or work in Somerville, add your name to the petition.


 

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#RedAlertRESTART September 1

On September 1, we encourage arts and cultural venues to participate in #WeMakeEvent's day of action and visibility: #RedAlertRESTART "when buildings, structures, and residences will be lit in red from 9pm-12am (local time in each market) as the event rolls across North America. The goal to raise public awareness that the Live Events Industry is on Red Alert for its very survival, and create congressional pressure to act now." 

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August 24 Policy and Action Review

Policy Update

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MASSCreative continues to monitor and report on state and federal policy that supports equitable communities and a stronger, more inclusive creative sector. 

Learn more in MASSCreative's Federal & State Policy Updates, including:

  • School reopening plans and arts education guidance
  • What we can expect from federal and state government this fall.

 

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Top Actions

 

Currently, the State House and Senate are in conference committee debating H.4887 and S.2842, An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth, which includes authorized spending to protect the arts and cultural community. We’re asking our legislators to retain both the House and Senate provisions that would add $11M and $20M in arts & cultural funding respectively. 

Join us and write to your legislators today!

As we approach the September 1 primary, volunteers and staff from candidate campaigns are busy reaching out to voters via calls and texts to urge support for their candidates. Check out these three questions you can ask to learn more about a candidate's vision for arts and culture in the Commonwealth

Three questions for Candidates

Check out all a full list of actions you can take to protect and support the arts and cultural community on our COVID-19 Advocacy page.

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Virtual Policy & Action Updates

Thank you to the hundreds of advocates that have joined the MASSCreative team for our weekly Virtual Policy & Action Updates on Fridays from 9:45-10:00am.

Check out MASSCreative’s August 21 Policy & Action Update

Register for MASSCreative’s September 4 Policy & Action Update

 

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August 21 Policy Update

MASSCreative continues to monitor and report on state and federal policy that supports equitable communities and a stronger, more inclusive creative sector. Here's the Policy Update from the last two week including:

  • School reopening plans and arts education guidance
  • What we can expect from federal and state government this fall.
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CTV Updates: 3 Questions for Candidates

As we approach the September 1 primary, volunteers and staff from candidate campaigns are busy reaching out to voters via calls and texts to urge support for their candidates. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about a candidate’s platform and issues - especially how the candidate sees arts and culture as a vital part of community cohesion and economic vibrancy for their district. Instead of quickly and politely signing off, be sure to engage the candidate or their campaign in a quick conversation on arts and culture. Here are three questions that we encourage voters ask to learn more about a candidate’s support for arts and culture:

When candidates get more questions on an issue they are more inclined to develop policies that support the issue. By asking questions you help ensure the issues and challenges facing the creative community rise to the top. 

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