arts advocacy day poster

MASSCreative presented Arts Matter Advocacy Day livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at on Tuesday 28 March at 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT (Boston) / 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CDT (Chicago) / 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. MDT (Denver) / 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 14:00-16:30 UTC / 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. BST (London) / 16:00-18:30 CEST (Brussels). 

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Read the live transcription here. Human-crafted closed captions will be available soon.

At a time when the Culture Wars have been revived in Washington DC, and the Trump Administration has proposed zeroing out funding the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, we need to look to our local leadership to show support for the arts in Massachusetts.

As we gear up for another budget and legislative season here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we’re reminded that democracy starts at home.

That’s why we’re thrilled to invite you to channel your arts advocacy energy into MASSCreative’s second Arts Matter Advocacy Day on March 28 to show our state political leaders that arts still matter in Massachusetts.

After a morning of mingling, celebrating arts & culture, and sharpening our advocacy skills at ArtsEmerson's Paramount theatre in Boston, we will travel together in an "Arts Matter March" to the Massachusetts 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.

Livestream Schedule—all times in Eastern Daylight Time (Boston, USA). The livestream will be live-captioned.

10:00 a.m.
Spoken Word Performance: Boston Arts Academy student
Emcee: David Howse, Executive Director, ArtsEmerson
Welcome: Lee Pelton, President, Emerson College

10:30 a.m.
How to be an effective arts advocate
Representative Mary Keefe (D-Worcester)

How to tell your story for social change
Sara Stackhouse, Boston Conservatory at Berklee and MASSCreative Board Chair

Policy Briefings
State Funding for the Arts with Barbara Wallace Grossman, PhD, Vice Chair, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Arts Education with Myran Parker-Brass, Boston Public Schools
Creative Placemaking with Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner, City of Salem

Performance: Conservatory Lab Charter School Winds and Brass Ensemble
Sample role-play with Representative Christine Barber (D-Somerville)


About HowlRound TV
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