May 12 Policy & Action Review

In an effort to simplify and fulfill MASSCreative’s mission to interpret arts & cultural policy into action, we bring you this weekly Policy & Action Review. Sign up to receive these updates at the start of the week.


Virtual Policy & Action Updates


Every Friday from 9:45-10am, the MASSCreative team hosts our COVID-19 Virtual Policy & Action Updates. These 15-minute updates are meant to provide you with what you need to know about COVID-19 policy advocacy and actions you can take to support the creative community.

Check out MASSCreative’s May 8 Policy & Action Update

Register for MASSCreative’s May 15 Policy & Action Update


Top Policy Update


On Capital Hill, talks are underway regarding the next COVID-19 federal aid package. The House is putting together a multitrillion-dollar proposal and the bill could be put on the House floor for a vote this week. While the House is pushing to finalize the bill under the increasing pressure of economic hardship, the White House and the Senate disagree over the pace and content of the next package.

Right now, the roughly $3 trillion dollar House package includes urgent new spending for businesses, households, states and cities, among others. MASSCreative will update you as the bill progresses through Congress.

Read more on the Next COVID-19 Federal Aid Package here



Top Actions


The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston designed a survey in partnership with MASSCreative to ensure that artists and creative workers are getting the support they need.

Take the 10-minute survey for MA Creative Workers + Artists by May 15

As more cities and towns discuss how to reopen the Massachusetts economy, we need to advocate for artists & arts and cultural leaders to be invited to the table.

Sign up to Start & Share a Local Sign-on Letter


Some Good News

The creative community continues to find innovative ways to lift up each other and support the communities we serve and represent during this public health emergency. That’s why we want to highlight the efforts of North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC), which is offering paid opportunities to artists to develop Public Safety Announcements (PSAs) that are representative of and specifically serve immigrant, non-English speaking, and low-income communities of color. Driven by the recognition that not all vital public safety information is reaching every community equitably, NSCDC wanted to develop an initiative through their public arts program, the Punto Urban Art Museum, that would harness the powerful ability of the arts to communicate and aid in this public health crisis. 

Read MASSCreative’s Spotlight on NSCDC and the Punto Urban Art Museum


So mark your calendars for every Friday from 9:45-10am and look out for this Policy & Action Review in your inbox at the start of the week. If you’re looking for more COVID-19 resources, you can check out MASSCreative’s COVID-19 pages, including updatesresourcesadvocacypolicy recommendations, and policy & action updates.

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