August 11 Policy & Action Review

As we enter the second week of August, new orders from Governor Baker will impact the arts and cultural community’s reopening preparations. We’ve included a summary of the new executive order in this bi-weekly Policy and Action review, as well as a recording of last Friday’s Policy and Action Update webinar, updates on bills we are tracking, updates on arts education, and ways to take action on the municipal, state and federal level.


Policy Update


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:

  • Chamber of Commerce letter to Congress
  • Gov. Baker’s new gathering requirements
  • Arts education reopening guidance



Currently, the Massachusetts 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 sector.

We’re asking our legislators to retain both the House and Senate’s provisions that would add authorize a combined $31M for arts and cultural protection.

Join us and write to your legislators today!

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

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

Create The Vote brings the arts and culture community together to play our part for a more, inclusive representative democracy for all. Will you pledge to #CreateTheVote?


Spotlight: Community Conversations on Martha's Vineyard

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Commonwealth back in March, uncertainties abounded: how long would the lockdown last? How could we keep safe? That the nature of the virus required us to isolate and be apart from our communities only heightened our anxieties. In the arts & cultural sector, where community connection is so often at the very core of our work, the loss felt particularly devastating. In that moment, the only solution seemed to be to find a way to come together. 

Ann Smith, the executive director of Martha’s Vineyard’s Featherstone Center for the Arts, who chaired Arts Martha’s Vineyard (ArtsMV) for a decade, knew to start with a conversation.

Read more


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 7 Policy & Action Update

Register for MASSCreative’s August 21 Policy & Action Update


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