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Response to the President’s Proposed Elimination of NEA

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Earlier this month, the President released a budget proposal that included eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. On Friday, March 17, Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker issued a statement in response. The proposed cuts are “deeply troubling for the Massachusetts cultural sector, which benefits enormously from federal investment through these vital federal agencies and others,” she said.

As seen in the image above, many Massachusetts communities are enriched by cultural funding. “We believe public funding of the arts and humanities is right and essential in a democratic society,” Anita said.

Read Anita’s full response.

To help protect public funding, you can visit the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, which is enlisting one million arts advocates to mobilize support for the arts and arts education. Membership is free. Learn more.

Also, please consider participating in MASSCreative’s Arts Matter Advocacy Day at the State House on March 28, 2017, to reinforce support for state funding for the arts.

Image: Map indicating where NEA and MCC funds are distributed throughout Massachusetts. Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Arts and the Public Dollar

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Quote by Anita Walker of the Mass Cultural Council: Artists, writers, and historians produce a priceless record of our civilzation. And the public dollar ensures that that record belongs to and is co-authored by the citizens of this nation.Quote by Anita Walker, executive director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Last month, various news outlets reported that federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is in danger of elimination. Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker summarized the possible funding threat in a recent essay exploring the arts, democracy, and the legacy of President John F. Kennedy, whose efforts led to the creation of NEA and NEH.

Supporters of arts and culture in the Commonwealth can be gratified to know that elimination of arts and culture funding is not expected on a state level, at least not in the near term. Governor Baker’s recently announced budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 includes a small increase for arts and culture funding in Massachusetts. The Governor’s budget proposal is the first step in a months-long process involving both the State Senate and House.

See MCC’s Advocacy Action Center for updates on the budget process and for the latest data on the nonprofit cultural sector’s contributions to the Massachusetts economy and quality of life.

Happy #ArtsMatterDay

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Today, Friday, October 28, 2016, is #ArtsMatterDay.

Arts matter because they connect us to vital stories. This video features past Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellows sharing their own vital stories: journeys, homecomings, and mythologies. Rejection and validation. The lives of refugees, families, and artists.

Share your own story about why arts matter to you. Happy #ArtsMatterDay.

#ArtsMatterDay is Oct 28

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Oct 28, 2016 is ArtsMatterDay

Join MASSCreative in celebrating the third annual #ArtsMatterDay on Friday, October 28, 2016.

#ArtsMatterDay is your chance to share how and why the arts matter to you by sharing pictures, videos, and (of course) art, along with the #ArtsMatterDay hashtag, on social media.

Sign up to participate at MASSCreative, and you’ll receive a toolkit and a listing on the MassCreative website.

And don’t forget to celebrate #ArtsMatterDay on Oct 28, 2016.

Artists Under the Dome

Friday, October 7th, 2016


Hey there Massachusetts Artists. We wanted to let you know that for the tenth year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is inviting Massachusetts artists working in all disciplines (visual arts, literary, performing, crafts, new media, etc.) to come to the State House to participate in the annual Artists Under the Dome event.

The morning speaking program features the State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, Representative Cory Atkins (House Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development) and other elected officials and state cultural leaders. There will be a lunch time celebration for the 10th Anniversary and afternoon panel unveiling the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition’s labor policy recommendations for the Commonwealth.

Artists Under the Dome
Wednesday, November 2nd, from 9:30am to 2pm
Massachusetts State House
Great Hall
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
The event is free and open to the public.
Learn more and register.

Image credit: Massachusetts state flag in front of the gilded dome of the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. From WikiMedia Commons.

9th Annual Artists Under the Dome Event Nov. 4

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition logo A reminder that the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition invites all artists of the Commonwealth to attend the 9th Annual Artists Under The Dome event. The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., within the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Executive Director Anita Walker, will be one of the guest speakers talking about the myriad of issues directly related to artists in the Commonwealth.

Between the morning and afternoon sessions, there will be a brown bag lunch featuring a presentation by MCC’s Artist Department to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Massachusetts Artist Fellowships Program.

Learn more information and to register through State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg’s office.

Please Note that the evening event with the Future Boston Alliance and MALC on November 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for “The Artists Under the Dome Debrief: How to Claim a Seat at the Table” at the Dudley Cafe has been cancelled.

9th Annual Artists Under the Dome

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Artists of Massachusetts, you are hereby cordially invited by the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) to attend the 9th annual Artists Under the Dome event on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., within the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House. Come to our domed State House and celebrate the creative sector in Massachusetts and discuss how to maintain and grow it. The day will include visits to the offices of elected officials, a group photo, coffee and banana bread, and they also promise fun! It will be co-faciliated by Kathleen Bitetti (Co-founder of MALC) & Malia Lazu (Co-Founder & Executive Director of the Future Boston Alliance). Have your voice heard: register to attend.


MCC Budget Update Update

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Woo hoo!

Here’s to a great upcoming year in the arts.

Arts Matter Advocacy Day: March 25

Monday, March 2nd, 2015


Arts matter. Not just to the creative community, but to every community in the Commonwealth. MASSCreative wants to make sure that’s a message state political leaders hear – from a multitude of voices.

The organization is gearing up for Arts Matter Advocacy Day on March 25, 2015. From MASSCreative:

Join arts, cultural, and creative leaders and supporters for a morning at the Citi Wang Theatre in downtown Boston and an early afternoon at the State House. After a morning of mingling, celebrating arts & culture, and sharpening our advocacy skills at the Wang, we will travel together in an “Arts Matter March” to the State House. When we arrive, we will meet with our legislators about arts and cultural issues, including the state budget. Together, let’s send the message: arts matter in Massachusetts.

9:00-10:00: Registration and breakfast reception
10:00-10:30: Welcome
10:30-11:30: Prep for legislative meetings
11:30-12:30: “Arts Matter March” from Citi Wang Theatre to State House
12:30-2:00: Meetings with legislators*
3:30-5:30: Youth Arts Matter Advocacy Day.

So consider taking part, and spread the word!

Find out more and RSVP.

Artists Under the Dome

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

DSC00780 Artists Under the Dome The Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition’s 8th Annual Artists Under the Dome event will be held Wednesday, November 12 from 10am–2pm in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House. This event will provide artists of all disciplines with the opportunity to meet and become more engaged with legislators and their staff. There will be networking at a brown bag lunch, time for artists to visit their legislators’ offices, and an opportunity to watch the House in session. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Learn more and register.