ince our founding in July 2008 (http://www.artistsunderthedome.org/MALC_Press_Release.pdf), the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) has worked to keep all artists informed, making them part of the policy conversation in Massachusetts. MALC is the artists working group for the Commonwealth’s Creative Economy Council and in 2009 we gave our recommendations to the CEC (http://www.artistsunderthedome.org/art_leaders.html).
In February 2014, we released a policy recommendation paper for the state’s gubernatorial candidates. MALC spent the summer and fall of 2014 focused on both the minutiae and the big picture of statewide and local political election races. Through our “Get Your Vote On!” series, we ran pieces breaking down the races for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer, as well as federal and state district races.
DIYA – Do It Yourself Adovcacy!
We will all need to advocate for what we proposed almost a year ago in MALC’s Governor’s Challenge. Funding for arts and culture will more than likely be on the line due to the State budget short falls. Bills and regulations that could benefit or negatively impact the lives of artists are in the pipeline for 2015.
MALC is launching its “DIYA-Do It Yourself Advocacy!” series in 2015 to focus on the budget process, key State House news/changes in leadership, and any and all legislation that impacts Massachusetts artists of all disciplines, art, culture, and the creative economy. Our series is set to post in January 2015. We need to be involved and stay involved – so stay tuned!