I AM ARLINGTON
NILOU MOOCHHALA

 

11412133_10153454681828489_5557297773027357760_n“I Am Arlington” is a community and public art project that seeks to highlight the diversity and uniqueness of this town. It consists of interviews with various members of the Arlington community: administrators, community stakeholders, 1st/2nd/3rd generation families, young parents, and other relevant groups.

These responses (to date) have been into a series of “I Am Arlington” cards. Each card focuses on a specific characteristic of the town, combined with historical images from the Arlington Historical Society. Through the process of “making visual” the different experiences, feelings, and thoughts of this vibrant and multi-faceted community, it aims to promote new conversations about art, diversity, and what it means to belong.

This project will capture the “spirit” of Arlington as it is today. This project has been installed public art windows can be seen from June 15 to August 15 at Maxima Art Center in the neighborhood of East Arlington.

The artist, Nilou Moochhala, is a practicing graphic designer with her own studio, as well as a public artist who has participated in events such Art Rocks Menotomy and Chairful Where You Sit. She has lived in Arlington for 7 years.

If you are interested in being interviewed for the “I Am Arlington” project, please email her at nilou@nymdesign.com.

You can see an interview with Nilou Moochhala here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVsJoNnOsbs

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State Senate Increases Cultural Funding via MCC by $2 Million

(Boston, MA) – The state Senate unanimously approved a budget amendment today that would increase annual funding for the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) by $2 million.

The Senate fiscal year 2016 budget plan allocates $14 million for MCC, an increase of nearly 17 percent from the current state appropriation. The Senate must now reconcile its budget proposal with that of the House, which recommended funding MCC at its current level of $12 million.

Senator Dan Wolf of Harwich led the effort as Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Cultural Caucus. “Arts and tourism are a vibrant part of the economy in the region I represent. It nurtures the creative spirit and soul of Massachusetts,” Wolf said on the Senate floor. “A decade and a half ago our support was almost three times that amount. We are asking for a significant increase compared to the House and Governor but are not close to where we were.”

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr of Gloucester called MCC grants “seed capital” that help nonprofit organizations drive local economies. And Senator Mark Montigny said arts and cultural funding through MCC has played a central role in revitalizing the heart of New Bedford, his hometown.

House and Senate leaders will select members of a conference committee that will work out budget differences before bringing a final plan back to their respective chambers, then back to the Governor for his approval. This process should be completed before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

The Senate vote came after a coalition including MCC, MASSCreative, Mass Humanities, Mass Artists Leaders Coalition, with advocates across the state, urged legislators to restore cultural funding. MCC originally sought $15 million for next year.

“This is another step forward in our effort to restore state support for the arts, humanities, and sciences so that our sector can continue to deliver value to our communities,” said MCC Executive Director Anita Walker.

Walker thanked Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst for his support, along with Senate Ways & Means Chair Karen Spilka of Ashland, & Senators Wolf, Eric Lesser of Longmeadow & Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield, Chair & Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development; and 17 of their Senate colleagues who cosponsored the amendment to restore MCC funding. She also thanked MASSCreative and the many advocates who added their voices to this effort, and encouraged them to stay engaged through the final stages of the budget process.

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.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for this fiscal year is $13.3 million, which includes a state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. MCC also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.

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Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed a budget amendment to fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) at $14 million. Your advocacy has set up arts funding to pull a U-turn in the state budget – effectively turning a 16% cut in the House to a 16% increase in the Senate. The Senate’s vote on the MCC amendment gives us strong footing going into the final stages of the state budget process.

Thank you to all the arts and cultural leaders and supporters that reached out to your legislators asking them to make arts funding a priority.

Since January, your advocacy hasn’t gone unnoticed by the State House:

  • More than 250 arts leaders and supporters met with over 70 representatives and senators during our Arts Matter Advocacy Day in March at the Citi Wang Theatre and the MA State House.
  • Arts and cultural supporters sent 4,770 emails to Gov. Baker and the State Legislature showing them that arts matter in Massachusetts.
  • The creative community recruited 103 representatives and 20 senators, a total of 123 out of 200 state legislators to sign on to amendments calling for an increase to the MCC budget.

While we’ve reached a benchmark, we still have more to do as the budget process continues. The House and Senate are setting up a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House budget for the MCC of $12 million and Senate budget of $14 million.

Stay tuned on our next moves and thanks again for raising your voice.

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Matt Wilson, MASSCreative
http://www.mass-creative.org/

May 19, 2015

Events to Celebrate $13.7 Million in New Capital Funds to Support Mass Nonprofit Cultural Sector
(Boston, MA)— Events across the state will celebrate the latest investments from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a state program that fosters the growth of the nonprofit cultural sector by supporting building projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council and MassDevelopment invite representatives from the cultural sector, local officials, and their supporters to attend one or more of these events at venues in Gloucester, Worcester, and Plymouth in early June. A full schedule with registration information is available online.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, state legislators, other elected officials and business leaders will be on hand to celebrate the latest round of $13.7 million in CFF grants to more than 70 projects statewide. The projects create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; expand access & education in the arts, humanities, and sciences; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Organizations awarded funding in this round plan to invest $170 million in their building projects.

“CFF grants are powerful catalysts for projects that benefit communities in all regions of the Commonwealth,” said Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “They support a robust nonprofit cultural sector that drives tourism, our state’s third largest industry.”

“MassDevelopment is thrilled to work with the Massachusetts Cultural Council to infuse more than $13.7 million for capital improvements into Massachusetts cultural institutions,” said Marty Jones, President and CEO of MassDevelopment. “With the many important creative, social, and economic contributions these organizations make to the Commonwealth’s success, helping cultural institutions expand or improve their facilities represents a vital investment in our future.”

The new round includes 58 capital grants totaling $13.3 million and another 16 planning grants totaling $412,000. Grants range from $7,000 to $600,000, and must be matched with funds from private philanthropy and/or other public sources. They include:

  • $110,000 for the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra to make historic Tuckerman Hall in Worcester more accessible for artists and patrons.
  • $340,000 to the City of New Bedford for repairs to the downtown Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.
  • $400,000 for the Somerville Arts Council to transform a former waste transfer station into a self-sustaining creative village with event and performance space, artists’ work studios, art galleries, community gardens, and cultural cafe.
  • $120,000 for the Cultural Center of Cape Cod to build an Education Center in Yarmouth.
  • $270,000 to renovate the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 1770 Center House, transforming the building into an energy efficient, multi-use facility with flexible education and meeting spaces.

With these new grants, CFF will have invested nearly $84 million in the Massachusetts creative sector for projects in more than 125 cities and towns since 2007. These grants have helped launch many transformative projects, leveraging private sector dollars that have kept this sector growing and thriving. CFF has also helped dozens of nonprofit organizations become better stewards of our cultural heritage.

In total, CFF-funded building projects are spending more than $1.6 billion, providing more than 16,400 building jobs to architects, engineers, contractors, and carpenters. The organizations also plan to add 1,572 permanent jobs after completing their capital projects.

CFF grants have helped restore and preserve many of our nation’s most cherished historic buildings, which attract cultural tourists to Massachusetts. More than 15 million people visit CFF-funded organizations annually, with nearly one-third coming from out-of-state.

MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) jointly administer the CFF. A Cultural Facilities Fund Advisory Committee appointed by the Governor provides oversight to the Fund’s operation. The grants are supported through $15 million from the state’s fiscal year 2014 capital plan. Get more background on CFF and its impact.

About MCC
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency supporting the arts, humanities, and sciences to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. The MCC pursues this mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

About MassDevelopment
MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2014, MassDevelopment financed or managed 314 projects generating investment of more than $2.9 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create more than 6,300 jobs and build or rehabilitate more than 1,600 residential units.

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John Porcino: Storyteller, Musician, Games Leader – From Seniors to Kids and Back Again
May 26-28, 2015
https://www.facebook.com/events/1625223627711382/

“John’s performances are a mix of stories and songs that come to life with warmth, humor, a playful touch of audience participation, and a twist of music from around the world.”

Tuesday May 26th at 10:30 in Laura Dohety’s 3rd grade classroom and 1pm with the Seniors at the Senior Center.
The culminating event, seniors telling stories to the 3rd grade class will be Thursday May 28th at 10:45 at the Senior Center.
Watch for details at https://www.facebook.com/JohnPorcino and http://www.johnporcino.com/

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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May 12, 2015

Contact: Gregory Liakos, Communications Director, 617-858-2720

Senate Panel Proposes Level Funding for Arts & Culture

(Boston, MA) – Today the state Senate Ways & Means Committee released a proposed budget for the coming year that would fund the arts, humanities, and sciences through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) at current levels.

The Senate panel recommended $12 million for the MCC for fiscal year 2016, which begins July 1. That matches funding levels authorized by the House of Representatives in the budget it approved in April. The House vote followed a statewide advocacy effort to reverse cuts to state cultural funding proposed earlier in the process.

MCC, MASSCreative and arts advocates have made the case for $15 million for MCC in FY16 to restore cultural funding and enhance the beneficial work of nonprofit cultural organizations, local cultural councils, and school and youth arts programs statewide. We will work with our allies including Senators Eric Lesser of Longmeadow and Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield—Chair & Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, & Cultural Development—and Cultural Caucus Co-Chair Sen. Dan Wolf of Harwich, to file an amendment to fund MCC at $15 million.

Please look out for communications from MCC & MASSCreative on the details of that amendment and how you can help generate support for it by asking your Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor.

The Senate Ways & Means plan is a key step in the annual state budget process. Following Senate debate and vote next week, the two chambers must then agree on a tax and spending plan before sending it back to the Governor for final approval before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

To help make the case for our sector MCC has released a new case statement on the benefits of arts and cultural funding to the state’s economy, communities, and the education of our young people – and what long-term reinvestment in its work can accomplish.

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.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for this fiscal year is $13.3 million, which includes a state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. MCC also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.

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Elements – Art Rocks Spy Pond Park

May 9-31, 2015

See opening event details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1571136009825719/

and follow-on events at https://www.facebook.com/ArlingtonPublicArt/events
Arlington Public Art has created a stand-alone “community” – Art Rocks Spy Pond.

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Celebrate Spring with Song
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8:00pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, MA
630 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, Massachusetts 02476
Tickets – www.sharinganewsong.org
Join/share/invite – https://www.facebook.com/events/620259134775773/

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These programs are supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Family ArtVenture at the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
ACC event pointer – https://www.facebook.com/events/626246974186511/

2015-24 Family ArtVenture at the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

See Details in Cyrus Dallin Art Museum’s own publicity:

April 19 – for the Hardy Elementary School –https://www.facebook.com/events/821903531178217/

May 3 – for the Bishop School –https://www.facebook.com/events/394692490709038/

This program is made possible with the support of Brookline Bank and the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

From our Facebook page:

REMINDER –
A Chance to Dress is one of nineteen 2015 Arlington Cultural Council grantees. Mark your calendar for April 29!

In their own words: “Time, date and place set for the Boston Premiere of A Chance To Dress – Weds evening, April 29th, at 7:00pm in Alfond Auditorium, Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Put it on your calendars and pass the word!”

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April 28, 2015
Contact: Gregory Liakos, Communications Director, 617-858-2720

MA House Votes for Level Funding for MCC

(Boston, MA) – Last night the state House of Representatives approved a redrafted budget amendment that would freeze arts and cultural funding through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) at current levels for the coming year.

The House approved a so-called “consolidated amendment” to fund the MCC at $12 million for FY2016, which begins July 1. House leaders rejected an earlier amendment endorsed by nearly two-thirds of House members to boost arts and cultural funding by $3 million, to $15 million. House leaders cited concern over a current budget deficit and commitments to increase local aid, funding for schools, and other spending priorities.

MCC Executive Director Anita Walker expressed thanks to state Rep. Cory Atkins of Concord and more than 100 other Representatives who cosponsored heramendment to boost funding to $15 million. She noted that state funding for MCC remains less than half of what it was in 2001. Restoring MCC’s budget will in turn allow the agency to restore vital grants to nonprofit cultural organizations, local cultural councils, school and youth programs. And those investments will yield returns to the state through enhanced revenues, more vital communities, and better educated students.

“Once again thousands of advocates across the state joined MASSCreative’s campaign to support our state’s creative community,” said Walker. “That effort helped us overcome another proposed cut to our funding. But we know that greater state investment is the only way to truly leverage the economic, social, and educational potential of the cultural sector. So we’ll continue to make our case as the budget process moves to the Senate.”

The House vote is one key step in the annual state budget process. The Senate Ways & Means Committee will release its own budget proposal in two weeks. Following Senate debate and vote, the two chambers must then agree on a tax and spending plan before sending it back to the Governor for final approval before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

MCC has released a new case statement on the benefits of arts and cultural funding to the state’s economy, communities, and the education of our young people – and what long-term reinvestment in its work can accomplish.

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

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. MCC’s total budget for this fiscal year is $13.3 million, which includes a state appropriation and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. MCC also runs the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund in partnership with MassDevelopment.

Source: http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/news/house_budget_final_FY16.asp 

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Last night, the Massachusetts House passed a budget amendment to level fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council budget at $12 million. This came after House leaders rejected an earlier amendment supported by 103 members of the House calling for $15 million in arts and cultural funding. Final approval on the House budget is expected by the end of the week.

Congratulations to arts and cultural leaders and supporters for reversing a proposed 16% cut. By securing support from a majority of the House on to Rep. Cory Atkins’ amendment, it’s clear we’re moving legislators from arts supporters to arts champions.

Yet, level funding does not provide the creative community with the increased resources it needs to build vibrant and connected communities. The State Senate will release its budget in the middle of May, and we will have another opportunity to increase the state’s investment in the creative community.

Stay tuned and get ready for our next round with the Senate in May.

Thanks again for all of your great work.

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Matt Wilson, MASSCreative
http://www.mass-creative.org/

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