MASSCreative Leadership Council Gathers for Annual Retreat

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In November, MASSCreative’s Leadership Council came together for its 5th Annual Leadership Council Retreat, bringing together 40 leaders from across the Commonwealth to help MASSCreative strengthen its statewide grassroots arts and cultural advocacy network. 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 strengthen the advocacy power of the arts and cultural community across the Commonwealth. 

The Leadership Council Retreat, held at the Walker Center in Newton, was full of thoughtful discussions and workshops about how to deepen the advocacy power of the arts and creative sector. MASSCreative staff led discussions to guide the Leadership Council in thinking more deeply about regional arts advocacy in order to build a broader, more diverse, and better skilled network of artists and arts advocates.

To kick off the Retreat, Executive Director, Emily Ruddock gave an update on MASSCreative’s Strategic Planning Process, inviting the Leadership Council to provide feedback on its field priorities: advance public policy changes for the creative sector, strengthen the case to build support for the arts and culture sector, and deepen the advocacy power of the arts and culture sector. To encourage the Leadership Council to deepen their engagement beyond the advocacy email, Emily and Program Director, Tracie Konopinski led a workshop on Advocacy and Lobbying Do’s and Don’ts. Through case studies, Emily and Tracie highlighted organizations like Boston Gay Men’s Chorus and The Theater Offensive who are more deeply (and legally!) engaging their organizations in legislative advocacy, elections, and ballot initiatives. To round out the day, Leadership Council members met in Regional Huddles to plan out a series of regional Arts Advocacy Networking Events and District Meetings with Legislators. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you in the New Year at these regional gatherings. Look out for invites coming in 2020. 

 

 

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