Arts & Cultural leaders prepare to bring advocacy to the field

This fall, MASSCreative launched our Leadership Council, bringing together more than 40 leaders from across the Commonwealth  to help MASSCreative build the strongest statewide grassroots arts and cultural advocacy network in the country. The Leadership Council consists of thought and advocacy leaders from all regions of the Commonwealth who not only engage their networks in action, but understand the potential of building a broad based movement for arts, culture, and creativity. As regional leaders and connections, the Council works to win bold campaigns for the larger arts and cultural community.

This group of passionate and talented leaders came together for its first official gathering on November 10 for the Leadership Council Retreat at the Walker Center in Auburndale. The day was full of thoughtful discussions and workshops about how to strengthen the arts and cultural sector’s ability to advocate for the resources and support necessary to build a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Massachusetts.

A major highlight was guest speaker Margy Waller’s presentation on The Arts Ripple Effect. We’ve already seen how Council members are integrating the narrative of "arts as community builder" into communications, fundraising, and programming. 

We look forward to the new year, when we’ll be working with Council members to tailor the workshops and discussions from the Retreat to regional gatherings across the state.

MASSCreative Leadership Council

Jenny Arndt, Creative Haverhill    Alix Kennedy, Eric Carle Museum  
Tracy Barbosa, artist Tracy Kraus, Worcester Chamber Music Society 
Dee Boyle Clapp, Arts Extension Service, UMass Amherst David Kuehn, Cotuit Center for the Arts
Irene Buck, Westport Cultural Council   Phyllis Labanowski, Art for a Change
Cathy Carr Kelly, Central Square Theater   David Lavalley, The Natick Center for the Arts
Debra Cash, Boston Dance Alliance   Jen Lawless, Massachusetts Cultural Council  
Laura Chadwell, Community Art Center Seth Lepore, artist    
Michelle Clarkin, Norman Rockwell Museum   Ashley Mac, Boston Children's Chorus  
Craig Coogan, Boston Gay Men's Chorus  Burns Maxey, Easthampton City Arts+  
Kathy Czerny, South Shore Conservatory   Jason McCool, Solas Nua in Boston 
Michelle Daly, MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Jessica Morrison, American Repertory Theater
Corey Depina, Zumix Susan Nicholl, MetroWest Visitors Bureau 
Peter DiMuro, Dance Complex Bridget O'Leary, New Repertory Theatre  
Cedric Douglas, The Up Truck Michelle Richardson, artist
Nicky Enriquez, MassArt     Karen Ristuben, Rocky Neck Arts Colony 
Beth Falconer, Firehouse Center for the Arts Gary Roberts, Medford Arts Council  
Eugene Finney, Fitchburg Art Museum   Sara Robinson, Celebrity Series of Boston
Jean Ford Webb, Mother Brook Arts and Community Center Aziza Robinson Goodnight, Artist in Transit
Noelle Foye, New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!   Emily Ruddock, Merrimack Repertory Theatre  
Ty Furman, Boston University Arts Initiative Jon Saxton, artist
Jen Glockner, City of Pittsfield   Vanessa Snow, Hyde Square Task Force 
Susan Halter, Cultural Organization of Lowell  Justin Springer, Outside the Box Agency
Steve Hays, Drama Studio    Julie Wake, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
Lee Heald, AHA!New Bedford    Jerry Wedge, Umbrella Community Arts Center 
Julie Hennrikus, StageSource Reggie Williams, Press Pass TV
Judith Hoglander, Gloucester Stage Meg Winikates, New England Museum Association 
Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Enchanted Circle Theater   Lauren Wolk, Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Policy Working Group

We know the arts, cultural, and creative community is integral to the vital concerns of Massachusetts policy makers and community leaders. That’s why MASSCreative’s Policy Working Group has been constructing a policy platform that will articulate a widely shared vision and core beliefs about the creative sector’s capacity to improve lives and build communities.

Among the six policy goals addressed in the Platform, we are addressing needs related to community, the economy, education, equity, space, and investment. Before it’s finalized, we will bring our draft policy platform to the field to invite more dialogue and refine and implement these policy goals. In the meantime, stay tuned for announcements of community meetings in the coming months. 


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