I have been asked by MASSCreative to let our readers know about this important advocacy work.
As many of you know, I am the author of children’s books on how we can protect the Earth, pollinators, the environment, native plants and the Monarch Butterfly.
Subject Line – Governor Patrick and the MCC Budget – Time for Action
Dear Butterfly Woman Friends,
At times, I do advocacy work on behalf of creative art, music, and downtown urbanization. I am interested in promoting a vibrant art and cultural district in the historical town of Fitchburg, MA.
If you read this Blog, you might very well be an artist, writer, publisher or a master crafts person with an eye on the arts, culture, books and multi-lingual projects, which make up my immediate world. What we need to protect and preserve here you may need to do in your very own town. I have found that working together in a common cause has a much larger impact than working alone.
I want to invite you join together with arts and cultural supporters from all across the Commonwealth to send a clear message to Governor Patrick to increase state investment in the creative community.
Please sign the Petition at http://www.mass-creative.org/petition118?recruiter_id=2834 and urge Governor Patrick to restore funding for the Commonwealth’s creative community.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), which distributes state money to arts and cultural organizations across the state, has been a long-time supporter of ORGANIZATIONS. Yet MCC’s budget over the past decade has been cut in half, leaving many organizations scrambling to keep their programs running and accessible.
Governor Patrick is preparing his FY2014 budget for release at the end of the month of January. From then until July, the Governor, the Senate, and the House of Representatives will be debating how to allocate the estimated $32 billion in state revenue.
Please join with our statewide partner MASSCreative and sign the petition petition urging Governor Patrick to restore the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) budget by $3 million to $12.5+ million.
Click on http://www.mass-creative.org/petition118?recruiter_id=2834 and sign the petition to restore funding to the creative community.
Your personal support of ORGANIZATIONS has given us the resources to provide our community with top-notch creative work. I am asking you today to add your voice to others across the state to urge the Governor to increase the state’s investment in the creative community to build vibrant and connected communities.
Thank you for your support,
Mary Ellen Ryall
Butterfly Woman Publishing, Inc. and member of MASSCreative