MASSCreative Leadership Council Gathers for Retreat


In November, MASSCreative’s Leadership Council came together for its 3rd Annual Leadership Council Retreat, bringing together 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 Council Retreat, held at the Walker Center in Auburndale, was full of thoughtful discussions and workshops about how to engage beyond our comfort zone in order to build a more vibrant, healthy, and equitable Massachusetts. MASSCreative staff led small group discussions to guide the Leadership Council in thinking bigger and bolder about arts advocacy and broadening the base of arts and cultural advocates beyond our core supporters. Sharing Arts Midwest’s research report Creating Connection, MASSCreative’s Deputy Director Betsy Groban discussed how incorporating the concepts of  “creative expression” and “connection” into messaging can help organizations and artists better engage new audiences and supporters. Matt Wilson, Executive Director of MASSCreative discussed the need to look beyond our core issues and the creative community’s role regarding the 2018 state ballot initiatives. Program Director, Tracie Konopinski worked with Leadership Council members to develop the MASSCreative Partnership Pilot Program, an initiative to deepen relationships and benefits with our Member Organizations.

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 supporters interested in joining the Leadership Council should contact Program Director Tracie Konopinski.

Jenny Arndt, Creative Haverhill    Tracy Kraus, Worcester Chamber Music Society
Pasqualina Azzarello, Easthampton City Arts+ David Kuehn, Cotuit Center for the Arts
Tracy Barbosa, artist, New Bedford David Lavalley, The Center for the Arts in Natick
April Bo Wang, 826 Boston Jen Lawless, Massachusetts Cultural Council  
Dee Boyle Clapp, Arts Extension Service, UMass Amherst Natalie Lemle, art_works, Boston
Sara Brookner, ArtsEmerson, Boston Seth Lepore, artist, Easthampton    
Irene Buck, Westport Cultural Council   Ashley Mac, Boston Children's Chorus  
Cathy Carr Kelly, Central Square Theater, Cambridge   Laura Mandel, Jewish Arts Collaborative, Newton
Debra Cash, Boston Dance Alliance, Boston   Burns Maxey, CitySpace, Easthampton
Susan Chinsen, Boston Asian American Film Festival 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, 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     Jon Saxton, Board President, Boston Singers' Resource
Jean Ford Webb, Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, Dedham Vanessa Snow, Greater Boston Labor Council
Ty Furman, Boston University Arts Initiative Justin Springer, Outside the Box Agency, Boston
Bailey Girvan, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge Ellen Sturgis, Amazing Things Art Center, Framingham
Jen Glockner, City of Pittsfield   Ann Teixeira, New England Philmarmonic and SpeakEasy Stage, Boston
Lee Heald, AHA! New Bedford    Julie Wake, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Barnstable
Julie Hennrikus, StageSource, Boston Jerry Wedge, Umbrella Community Arts Center, Concord
Judith Hoglander, Gloucester Stage Reggie Williams, Press Pass TV, Boston
Kate Huffman, Encore Tours, Boston 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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