slides: MassCreative Promotes the Arts in Worcester
Friday, October 12, 2012
MASSCreative, a political advocacy group for the arts and cultural community of Massachusetts, brought its message of emphasizing the importance of the arts in communities to Worcester's Mechanics Hall this week. Check out the highlights of the event in our slideshow below.
Founded by leaders of the creative community, MASSCreative's mission is to provide a powerful voice on the local, regional and state level for creative organizations, artists, and the public to advocate for the resources and attention necessary to build vibrant, connected and creative communities.
Erin Williams, Worcester's Development Officer and executive director of the Worcester Cultural Coalition, was the first speaker of the event. She spoke of the importance of MASSCreative and its mission in empowering the arts, sciences and humanities, which are so important to the health of the community. "In a time of diminishing public resources, we need a group like MASSCreative...to provide a unified voice for the community and advocate effectively for our needs."
Troy Siebels, the Director of the Hanover Theatre and Chair of the Executive Board of the Worcester Cultural Coalition spoke next. The Hanover Theatre itself has received funding to renovate recently. These renovations have had the effect of reviving and bringing energy and excitement to the Worcester area.
The crowd featured representatives from numerous Central Mass organizations dedicated to the arts, sciences and humanities. These includes representatives from the EcoTarium, the Worcester Art Museum, Music Worcester, Old Sturbridge Village, the Hanover Theatre and much more. The Worcester Cultural Coalition represents 73 organizations in the Worcester area.
Matt Wilson, executive director of MASSCreative, gave a powerpoint presentation giving an overview of the mission and goals of the organization. He emphasized the need for grassroots organization and action, and direct political advocacy to further the arts in Mass, especially Central Mass. "Working artists, major creative institutions, local community and cultural programs now have a statewide voice."
State Senator Harriette Chandler was the only local politician to make an appearance at the event. She expressed discouragement at this fact. "It is not a good sign that I am the only one here out of the 29 members of the delegation." She gave enthusiastic, step-by-step advice on how MASSCreative can be an effective political advocacy organization for the arts in Central MASS. State Rep. Jim O'Day could not attend but he did send an email of support and apologized for not making it.
Do You WOO?
The WOO Card is a program started by the Worcester Cultural Coalition to allow citizens of the area to receive greater access to the cultural community within the city. Card holders receive discounts and special deals when wishing to visit museums, concerts, theater performances, street festivals and much more. A booth was set up in the back of the room advertising this important and useful program.
Mechanics Hall is the perfect place to hold an event of this type. It is one of the world's great concert halls and a true gem in the Worcester cultural and artistic community. The beautiful, acoustically brilliant building has hosted numerous concerts from world- renowned musicians. It is a member of the National Registry of Historic Places and a perfect example of the what the arts can do for a community.