Art Students Accepted to Internship Program
Congratulations to the following art students who have been accepted into the fall Art Internship Program sponsored by the Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board.
Hannah Carlon, Libby Sibbio, Tony DaLomba, Maria Vincente, Lilli Everson, and Cole White will connect one-on-one with working professional artists to learn jewelry making, ceramics, painting, photography and sculpture. This experience will culminate in an art exhibition of both student and mentor work at the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich.
How Many Students Do You Teach?
We are trying to get a running count of the # of students impacted by ALL the art teachers on the Cape and Islands. That includes ALL teachers: public, private, charter, adults, and via classes at museums, art centers, tutors etc. Please email me your numbers or bring info to our next meeting. Pass this along to our colleagues who are not active members. If folks in a particular town know the count for your school system, that would be great.
This info will be used for a grant application and as statistics for our advocacy and website.
You can forward this info to CCIAEA.
An Update on Arts Advocacy in Massachusetts
You know that when times get tough, the arts, sciences and humanities are even more important to your lives and to the vibrancy of Massachusetts. Arts and cultural organizations educate our children, fuel our economy and give us precious moments of beauty, insight and community. Culture creates real jobs and draws visitors to our state. The modest investments our state and our country makes in arts and culture are returned many times over. Yet today, arts and culture are under threat.
Over the last year, a coalition of cultural leaders and committed residents from across our state worked with the Boston Foundation and the board of MAASH (Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Science and Humanities) to develop a strong, sustainable grassroots advocacy organization with one goal: to amplify our voices as we make a strong case for culture.
Last summer, more than 1,300 of you—artists, audience members, employees of cultural organizations—responded to a survey designed to inform our work. The thoughts and ideas you shared gave us a strong framework for advocacy across the Commonwealth.
Here’s what you told us:
- Arts and cultural education for all children, both in and out of school, teaches the creativity that is central to 21st century jobs, making support for arts education an investment in everyone’s future;
- All residents—regardless of income, age, ability or geography—deserve opportunities to engage in arts and culture;
- By creating a positive business environment for artists and creative entrepreneurs, the entire economy will benefit; and
- Consistent funding for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and ongoing support of the Cultural Facilities Fund are critical to maximize the positive impact of arts and culture on our communities.
You also urged us to build an advocacy organization that includes artists, nonprofits, community and educational organizations, as well as creative entrepreneurs and for-profit creative businesses. Our new advocacy organization must be broadly representative of the entire state and its diverse population, you said.
We listened. In the next few months, we will launch MassCreative. This member-driven organization will take up the work of MAASH and go even further to engage and serve a broader constituency of nonprofits, artists, audiences, creative entrepreneurs and for-profit cultural businesses—everyone who believes in the power of arts and culture to create a strong, vibrant Massachusetts.
You’ll hear more about how you can join MassCreative and make your voice heard. In the meantime, please continue to log on to www.MAASH.org and use the “Find Your Legislator & Take Action” tab to advocate that Congress and the State House continue to support arts and culture.
Thank you for your commitment to a creative Massachusetts.
Barbara Schaffer Bacon
Co-Director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts
Principal, Callanan & Klein Communications
Director, Berkshire Creative Economy Council
Nancy Johnsen, Esq.
Co-Chair of the Board, MAASH
Executive Director, Boston Center for the Arts
Communications Director, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Owner, Ashmont Media
Director of Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation
Consultant to MassCreative
Executive Director, ArtsBoston
Executive Director, Arts|Learning
Director, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
Member, Boston Cultural Council
Executive Director, Cambridge Arts Council
Cultural Development Officer, City of Worcester
Chair of the Board, MAASH