Matt Wilson of MASSCreative at The District

On Monday September 21st, 2015, Arts for Colorado invited art advocates to attend a cocktail hour at The District to hear Matt Wilson of MASSCreative speak on the arts and creative economy in Massachusetts.

Founded in 2012, MASSCreative works with creative leaders and entrepreneurs, working artists, arts educators, and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and support necessary to build vibrant and connected communities.

Arts, culture and creativity can build vibrant communities through their powerful impact. Through their many achievements since 2012, MASSCreative has three signature accomplishments that have allowed their surrounding arts communities to flourish in new and powerful ways:

  1. Successful advocacy campaigns that have increased the Commonwealth’s investment in the creative community by more than $33 million, which is a 67 percent increase in funding since 2012.
  2. Broadened active support for the arts community by recruiting 350 MASSCreative organizational members and engaging 20,000+ artists, arts and cultural leaders and supporters in political action.
  3. Raised public awareness of the arts and cultural sector and its impact on public education, the economy, and the health of our communities through its Create the Vote campaigns during the 2013 Boston mayoral and the 2014 gubernatorial elections.

The city of Boston has hired a Commissioner of the Arts and has led to a cultural planning process that will eventually see the arts incorporated into all higher-level planning for the city of Boston. With this and other initiatives, MASSCreative has established three ways they will lead the arts and cultural community to a new level of political power and relevance across the Commonwealth.

  1. Establish the arts, cultural, and creative sector as a critical and powerful voice for change in the commonwealth.
  2. Run statewide and municipal campaigns that will significantly impact Massachusetts communities.
  3. Ensure the long term organizational viability and stability of MASSCreative as a powerful advocacy voice for the state’s arts, cultural, and creative community.

MASSCreative continues to advocate for creativity and make it known that the arts matter. For more information, please visit their website at

Colorado State Senator Michael Merrifield, Scott Merrifield (Chief of Staff to Senator Michael Merrifield) and aide Megan Creeden.

Colorado State Senator Michael Merrifield, Scott Merrifield (Chief of Staff to Senator Michael Merrifield) and aide Megan Creeden.



Jay Seller of Think 360 Arts, Matt Wilson of MASSCreative and Janae De La Virgen of Arts for Colorado and WESTAF.

A huge thank you to Matt Wilson, The District, and all of our attendees!