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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM SOMERVILLE ARTS COUNCIL (NOV. 14, 2013)

Please take just 5 minutes to complete this survey and support the future of Somerville's creative community (plus you'll be entered to win one of four $50 gift cards to a local restaurant or business of your choosing or at Amazon.com.)

Much of our success at the Somerville Arts Council is contingent on our listening to the creative community in Somerville. Our programming seeks to reflect the rich cultural diversity of the City and the artists, designers, and performers who have made it home. Similarly the policies we push at the City level attempt to be responsive to the needs of local artists. 

As Somerville approaches a crossroads in terms of the type of change and development it expects, we need to develop surveys and reports to understand the needs of the creative community and identify points of leverage for policy intervention. Toward that goal, we are launching an asset survey and analysis with UMass Center for Policy Analysis. 

Although there is no clear definition of the creative economy, it essentially encompasses those businesses, organizations, and individuals who produce and distribute cultural goods, services, and intellectual property - from art, film, photography, and music to architecture, advertising, and jewelry design. 

Somerville is well-known for attracting and supporting artists; this report will make legible to others in the State how to serve the creative community. While economic impacts are an inherently crude measure of artistic expression, they are an important part of the larger narrative of how creative activity increases cultural and economic well-being. 

Please take the survey now. It is only 12 questions. 

All information, whether personal or financial, collected in the survey will be kept in strict confidence before being aggregated for the report. 

Thanks for your support. 

 

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Good news! A message from Tom Taylor, Alderman, to Space Equals Work, on November 4, 2013:

I was informed this afternoon by the Planning Director that the developers of the Maaco Bldg. have withdrawn their proposal to rezone the Somerville Ave. parcel. They are considering filing a new proposal at later date.  Therefore, there is no need for a public hearing before the Land Use committee. If they file a new proposal there will be a public hearing with the Planning Board/Land Use Committee.

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FURTHER READING:

You can also visit the following links for information on arts advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

LOCAL:
City of Somerville
Board of Aldermen

STATE:
Massachusetts State Legislature
Massachusetts Cultural Council
MassCreative
The Creative Economy Initiative

NATIONAL:
Americans for the Arts
Center for Arts and Culture
Performing Arts Alliance
Public Policy Institute

Also, check out this article about the Start Ups in Somerville!