MASSCreative Leadership Council Gathers for Retreat


In November, MASSCreative’s Leadership Council came together for its 2nd Annual Leadership Council Retreat, 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 connectors, the Council works to win bold campaigns for the larger arts and cultural community.

The Leadership Retreat, held at the Walker Center in Auburndale, was full of thoughtful discussions and workshops about how to move from an arts sector to an arts movement in order to build a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Massachusetts. Senate President Stan Rosenberg spoke to the group and brought a Beacon Hill perspective to the impact collective advocacy has on the process in the State House. Workshop leaders included Marinell Rousmaniere from EdVestors, Jenn Erickson from Metropolitan Area Planning Council, André Leroux from Smart Growth Alliance, communications consultant Susan Ryan-Vollmar, and Ken Tangvik from Hyde Square Task Force. 

We look forward to the new year, when we’ll be working with Council members to engage advocates from both inside and outside the arts sector on our campaigns to increase public funding for the arts, enhance arts education, and build momentum for creative placemaking.

MASSCreative Leadership Council

Jenny Arndt, Creative Haverhill    Tracy Kraus, Worcester Chamber Music Society
Tracy Barbosa, artist, New Bedford David Kuehn, Cotuit Center for the Arts
Dee Boyle Clapp, Arts Extension Service, UMass Amherst Phyllis Labanowski, artist, Shelburne Falls
Sara Brookner, ArtsEmerson, Boston David Lavalley, The Center for the Arts in Natick
Irene Buck, Westport Cultural Council   Jen Lawless, Massachusetts Cultural Council  
Cathy Carr Kelly, Central Square Theater, Cambridge   Seth Lepore, artist, Easthampton    
Debra Cash, Boston Dance Alliance, Boston   Ashley Mac, Boston Children's Chorus  
Laura Chadwell, Community Art Center, Cambridge Burns Maxey, CitySpace, Easthampton
Michelle Clarkin, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge Jason McCool, Aeronaut Brewery Arts Liaison, Somerville
Craig Coogan, Boston Gay Men's Chorus, Boston Jessica Morrison, American Repertory Theater, Cambridge
Kathy Czerny, South Shore Conservatory, Hingham   Susan Nicholl, MetroWest Visitors Bureau, Framingham
Michelle Daly, MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, North Adams Bridget O'Leary, New Repertory Theatre, Watertown  
Alexandra de Montrichard, Eric Carle Museum, Amherst   Nicole Olusanya, Arts Emerson, Company One, Boston
Corey Depina, Zumix, Boston Karen Ristuben, Rocky Neck Arts Colony, Gloucester
Peter DiMuro, Dance Complex, Cambridge Gary Roberts, Medford Arts Council  
Cedric Douglas, The Up Truck, Boston Sara Robinson, Celebrity Series of Boston
Morgan Drewniany, Springfield Central Cultural District Aziza Robinson Goodnight, arts advocate, Boston
Nicky Enriquez, MassArt, Boston     Emily Ruddock, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell  
Jean Ford Webb, Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Dedham Jon Saxton, Board President, Boston Singers' Resource
Noelle Foye, New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!   Vanessa Snow, Greater Boston Labor Council
Ty Furman, Boston University Arts Initiative Justin Springer, Outside the Box Agency, Boston
Jen Glockner, City of Pittsfield   Julie Wake, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Barnstable
Steve Hays, Drama Studio, Springfield    Jerry Wedge, Umbrella Community Arts Center, Concord
Lee Heald, AHA!New Bedford    Kimm Wilkinson, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport
Julie Hennrikus, StageSource, Boston Reggie Williams, Press Pass TV, Boston
Judith Hoglander, Gloucester Stage Meg Winikates, New England Museum Association, Boston
Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Enchanted Circle Theater, Springfield     Lauren Wolk, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth

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