Showing posts with label advocacy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label advocacy. Show all posts

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

Project BOE -Informational Meeting - Jan 24, 2021

Project BOE is a new initiative in the MetroWest area with the aim of supporting historically underrepresented progressive individuals interested in getting involved in local government or running for local office.

  • INFORMATIONAL MEETING: SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 @ 3:00 PM
 
Follow the Facebook event for the connection info
 
 
Project BOE -Informational Meeting - Jan 24, 2021
Project BOE -Informational Meeting - Jan 24, 2021

 

Friday, January 31, 2020

FM #197 - Frank Falvey - Handicap access on the Town Common

FM #197

This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 197 in the series, that we are now developing in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

Frank Falvey, creator of two music programs for Franklin TV / Franklin Radio sat with me recently at the Franklin studio.

Frank initiated the creation of the two new handicap parking spots at the Town Common. We sat to discuss how this came to be. Our conversation then stayed within the handicap and access realm to cover parking passes and the accessibility issues at the downtown Franklin/Dean MBTA station.

Listen to our conversation, approximately 35 minutes


https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HyVQ5HLX




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Links and answers to some of the questions or topics raised during our conversation:

- MA disability placard info can be found online at the MA.gov page https://www.mass.gov/how-to/renew-your-temporary-disability-placard
note: permanent cards are auto renewed, temporary are not

- American Disabilities Act (ADA) was first published in 1990 and updated recently https://www.ada.gov/2010_regs.htm

- The MBTA meeting was held in December 2019. The meeting was held Tuesday, Dec 17 - I was recording the FinComm meeting that night and missed it. Jeff Roy shared the presentation doc which I then posted to the FM web page later that week
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/12/franklin-line-meeting-powerpoint.html

- GATRA - Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Authority http://www.gatra.org/ (you can get there from the "Explore Franklin" link on the Town of Franklin home page)


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One of the new handicapped parking spots on the Town Common, this one at the corner of High St and Main St
One of the new handicapped parking spots on the Town Common, this one at the corner of High St and Main St


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Register NOW for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2019!





Register NOW for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2019!

Register now for CAAD2019!

Action & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day 2019 is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a day of grassroots activism and free arts management workshops.

Agenda: 
8:00 - 9:00          Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:30 - 9:00          Meet and mingle with legislators
9:00 - 9:15           Welcome Address by Senate President Karen E. Spilka
9:15 - 10:00         Legislative panel: The Value of Arts, Creativity & Culture in the Commonwealth
10:00 - 10:15       Community Stories: Impact of the Arts, Arts Funding and Cultural Initiatives
10:25 - 11:25        Educational Workshop Session 1
11:35 - 12:15         Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities
12:15 - 1:15           Lunch
1:25 - 2:25            Educational Workshop Session 2
2:25 - 2:30           Wrap Up

Workshops:
  • The "How To's" of Arts Advocacy, with MA Representative Jeff Roy
  • Fundraising Strategies for Small Shops
  • Getting to the HeART of Public Art
  • Funding through Sponsorships & Grants
  • Shoestring Marketing for Arts Organizations
  • Thinking Out of the Box for Opportunity

Register here
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/action-impact-community-arts-advocacy-day-2019-tickets-55811106522



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Sunday, October 14, 2018

In the News: woman charged in stabbing; Shrewsbury students advocating to prohibit Styrofoam containers

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A Franklin woman has been charged after a stabbing incident Thursday morning at her home on North Park Street. 
Michelle Mangion, 45, faces charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; and assault and battery on an intimate partner, according to police. She was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Wrentham District Court. 
Police say the victim called them at 7:59 a.m. from Mangion’s home at 56 North Park St. When officers arrived, the victim was outside the home, bleeding heavily from the arm. 
As an officer approached the victim, the victim allegedly said, “She stabbed me.” In the report the officer also stated that one eye appeared to be bloodshot with bruising. EMTs were called to treat the wound,"

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181013/franklin-woman-charged-in-stabbing



"It appears that the monthslong hard work of four high school students to get the town to prohibit food establishments from dispensing prepared food in Styrofoam containers is paying off. 
Selectmen voted unanimously last week to recommend adoption of each of the town’s Oct. 22 warrant articles, including the citizen petition article that seeks to prohibit local food establishments that require a permit to operate from dispensing prepared foods in disposable food service containers made from Styrofoam. 
The Board of Health last week notified selectmen that it had taken a unanimous vote in support of the warrant during its meeting on Sept. 26."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181013/success-for-shrewsbury-students-heading-effort-to-ban-styrofoam

Friday, June 22, 2018

Public Schools Advocacy at the Farmers Market today

"A reminder - the Public Schools Advocacy subcommittee of the Franklin School Committee will be at the farmer's market tomorrow (Friday) from 12-2 PM (at the nonprofit / community table) ... to discuss our FY19 budget and anticipated budget challenges ahead. 

Dr. Sara Ahern will be joining us! Together we have a lot to say about our schools and the outlook of public funding for education in the coming years. 

Stop by and say HI or pull up a chair and join the conversation!"

Public Schools Advocacy w/Dr. Ahern - June 22
Public Schools Advocacy w/Dr. Ahern - June 22
This was shared from the Facebook event
https://www.facebook.com/events/146970282838362/

Saturday, March 31, 2018

In the News: FHS students advocate for Tobacco21; more info on Acrylamide

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin

"One group of Franklin High School girls is a leading youth voice in state government’s decision to raise the tobacco age to 21. 
The pending Tobacco21 bill would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21, an issue that a group of Franklin students has been lobbying for since last year. Currently, about 180 municipalities across Massachusetts have already made this change. The legislation will force all 351 cities and towns on board. 
The students returned to the Statehouse again on Wednesday, but with a much more active role. They filmed and showed a video of their testimonies, before a formal ceremony in front of a large audience at the bottom of the grand staircase in the Statehouse. 
Advocates, legislators, senators, and others gathered to hear the Franklin High Students plead their case for this bill."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180330/franklin-students-lobby-for-raising-tobacco-age

FHS students with Rep Jeff Roy at the State House (Facebook photo via Catherine Moran)
FHS students with Rep Jeff Roy at the State House (Facebook photo via Catherine Moran)

"Trouble is brewing for coffee lovers in California, where a judge ruled that sellers must post scary warnings about cancer risks. But how frightened should we be of a daily cup of joe? Not very, some scientists and available evidence seem to suggest. 
Scientific concerns about coffee have eased in recent years, and many studies even suggest it can help health. 
“At the minimum, coffee is neutral. If anything, there is fairly good evidence of the benefit of coffee on cancer,” said Dr. Edward Giovannucci, a nutrition expert at the Harvard School of Public Health. 
The World Health Organization’s cancer agency moved coffee off the “possible carcinogen” list two years ago, though it says evidence is insufficient to rule out any possible role."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/zz/news/20180330/coffee-and-cancer-risk-what-you-should-know

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Reminder: Register to participate in the Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018 - April 7

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018 is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a day of grassroots activism and education.

Agenda:

8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome Address
9:10 - 9:25 Why Advocate?
9:25 - 9:40 MASSCreative: Advocating for Public Funding for the Arts, Arts Education and Public Art
9:40 - 10:00 Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities
10:10 - 11:10 Educational Workshop Session 1
11:20 - 12:20 Educational Workshop Session 2
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch and Meet Your Reps … talk about the arts with legislators while noshing
1:25 - 2:25 Panel Discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement
2:25 - 2:30 Wrap Up



Workshops:

  • How to Attract and Keep Volunteers
  • Marketing for Arts Organizations
  • How to Build Community Partnerships
  • Social Media Basics
  • Grant Budget Planning for Non-Profits
  • Creating a Successful Arts/Business Partnership Event
  • Developing a Social Media Strategy
  • Ask the Experts: Grants and Budgets
  • Leveraging PR and Email Marketing
  • The Ins and Outs of How to Advocate for the Arts, with MA Representative Jeff Roy
  • Panel discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement


Register here
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/action-impact-community-arts-advocacy-day-tickets-33284907053


Register now for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018
Register for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018 - Apr 7


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Register for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018 - Apr 7

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018 is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a day of grassroots activism and education.

Agenda:

8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome Address
9:10 - 9:25 Why Advocate?
9:25 - 9:40 MASSCreative: Advocating for Public Funding for the Arts, Arts Education and Public Art
9:40 - 10:00 Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities
10:10 - 11:10 Educational Workshop Session 1
11:20 - 12:20 Educational Workshop Session 2
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch and Meet Your Reps … talk about the arts with legislators while noshing
1:25 - 2:25 Panel Discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement
2:25 - 2:30 Wrap Up



Workshops:

  • How to Attract and Keep Volunteers
  • Marketing for Arts Organizations
  • How to Build Community Partnerships
  • Social Media Basics
  • Grant Budget Planning for Non-Profits
  • Creating a Successful Arts/Business Partnership Event
  • Developing a Social Media Strategy
  • Ask the Experts: Grants and Budgets
  • Leveraging PR and Email Marketing
  • The Ins and Outs of How to Advocate for the Arts, with MA Representative Jeff Roy
  • Panel discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement


Register here
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/action-impact-community-arts-advocacy-day-tickets-33284907053


Register now for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018
Register for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018 - Apr 7


Monday, March 12, 2018

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day - April 7

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a day of grassroots activism and education to support the growth and effectiveness of the arts and arts organizations in Massachusetts.

This second annual Community Arts Advocacy Day (CAAD) offers ten free workshops to attendees, as well as a variety of grassroots arts advocacy activities. CAAD will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 8:00 - 2:30 at the Franklin Senior Center. Attendance is free, though registration is required. In addition to members of the Franklin Cultural Council, Norfolk Cultural Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council and MASSCreative, MA Representative Jeff Roy will speak on how and why to advocate with legislators; he will also participate in one of the advocacy workshops, allowing participants to role play advocacy conversations with him. Any organization from any town is welcome to attend. To register for CAAD, go to: http://bit.ly/CAAD2018register.

AGENDA:

8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome Address
9:10 - 9:25 Why Advocate?
9:25 - 9:40 MASSCreative: Advocating for Public Funding for the Arts, Arts Education and Public Art
9:40 - 10:00 Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities
10:10 - 11:10 Educational Workshop Session 1
11:20 - 12:20 Educational Workshop Session 2
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch and Meet Your Reps…an opportunity to talk about the arts with legislators while noshing
1:25 - 2:25 Panel Discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement
2:25 - 2:30 Wrap Up

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day - April 7
Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day - April 7

WORKSHOPS:
How to Attract and Keep Volunteers — Karen Wellerson-Juhl, Franklin Cultural Council
Volunteers are the backbone of many arts organizations. Finding them (and keeping them!) can sometimes be difficult, but is an integral part of your group's success. Learn tips, tricks and proven strategies from Karen, who has a wealth of experience dealing with volunteers as the Director of the Sherborn Council on Aging.

Shoestring Marketing for Arts Organizations — Stacey David, Franklin Cultural Council
Learn how to build a marketing plan for your arts organization from the ground up! Stacey has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations, and will walk you through the steps of creating a successful marketing plan. Elements include: PR, advertising, social media, special events, marketing collateral, newsletters and more. Many arts organizations are volunteer-run or have small staffs and small budgets…but that doesn't mean you can't market yourself! Stacey can teach you how to market on a shoestring.

The Mass Cultural Council Community Initiative: How to Build Community Partnerships — Mina Kim, Massachusetts Cultural Council
Arts and culture enrich community growth, empower individuals, cultivate youth leadership, and provide a whole that is greater than the sum of our parts. What is the sum of our parts? How do we recognize our role in elevating the power of culture with our partners? The MCC's new Community Initiative focuses on building partnerships among local cultural councils, cultural districts, municipal officials, and the broader arts and culture sector at the local and regional levels. Join Mina Kim, Program Officer for the Community Initiative, to learn about existing and potential networks that have taken root through the Initiative, and how to cultivate meaningful collaborations that bolster support for your work.

Social Media Basics—Charity Stolarz and Taylor McVay, Norfolk Cultural Council
Learn to leverage the power of social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to connect to your community and amplify your message. Charity and Taylor will give you a crash course in the basic usage of the most popular social media platforms, along with tips and advice on which platforms are best suited for use in various circumstances. You'll get tools and techniques to boost your reach and maximize engagement with your target audience, and a chance to practice posting, liking, sharing, tweeting and adding friends in real time with a workshop full of new social media followers. No social media experience necessary! You will need to bring your smartphone and/or laptop to this workshop. If possible, please have the social media apps pre-installed on your devices beforehand.

Grant Budget Planning for Non-Profits — Barb Gardner and Lillian Gould, Franklin Cultural Council
For many, the budget portion of a grant proposal causes real anxiety. Join Barb, a grant writer for Tufts University, and Lillian, a former grant writer for the MFA, for a step-by-step walk through of how to design and prepare a great budget and budget narrative, and take the stress out of this critical piece of the process.

Creating a Successful Arts/Business Partnership Event— Kelly Artamonov, ArtWeek
Local businesses and arts organizations can create mutually beneficial marketing and special events, forging lasting symbiotic relationships. Partnership events allow arts organizations to expand their reach and public awareness while creating good PR, revenue, and enhanced branding for the business partner. Learn the many ways that arts can partner with businesses and brainstorm how to create a partnership event in your own community.

Developing a Social Media Strategy—Charity Stolarz and Taylor McVay, Norfolk Cultural Council
Once you know the basics, it's time to build a strategy! This workshop is a great sequel to our Social Media Basics workshop and can also help organizations with an established social media presence maximize their efficacy. This session will help you craft a strategic plan for using social media to your advantage. Topics include: tips for using hashtags effectively across platforms, using a consistent voice and style, developing a social media schedule, creative ways to consistently engage your followers, live functions, and more.

Ask the Experts: Grants and Budgets— Barb Gardner and Lillian Gould, Franklin Cultural Council
Have a specific question about an upcoming funding announcement? Looking for ideas to make your grant proposal stronger? Wondering how to design a budget for a project you’ve never done before? Not sure how to go about your first grant application? Then come with your questions and ask the experts! Lillian Gould and Barb Gardner together have over 20 years experience in grant writing and are available to help you.

Leveraging PR and Email Marketing— Tamara Starr, Franklin Cultural Council
Tamara is currently a web producer for NBC Boston and New England Cable News, and knows what it takes to grab the attention of the press. This workshop will focus on how to write a great press release, managing relationships with editors, examples of impactful "letters to the editor" that support your arts and advocacy message, and more!

The Ins and Outs of How to Advocate for the Arts— MA Representative Roy and Emily Ruddock, MASSCreative
Representative Roy will talk to us about the issues he faces regarding State arts funding budgeting, the objections his colleagues might have to supporting the arts, and how to successfully address those objections when advocating. Emily, Program Advocate at MASSCreative, will then guide people in coming up with talking points and "scripts" for advocacy meetings with legislators, giving time to role play these meetings with Rep Roy and others.

Panel discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement—moderator, Stacey David, Franklin Cultural Council
Without community engagement, your arts organization won't survive. Those that do it well, however, thrive. Our amazing panelists have a wealth of knowledge to share on this subject. Submit questions to our panel as part of your registration—we promise you'll gain a lot from this discussion! Panelists include:
• Tracy Kraus, Executive Director of the Worcester Chamber Music Society
• Susan Nicholl, Executive Director of the MetroWest Visitors Bureau
• Jen Leclerc, Manager of Community Engagement for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
• Nicky Enriquez, Web & Digital Media Producer for the Massachusetts College of Art & Design
• Justin Springer, Managing Partner of OUTSIDE THE BOX AGENCY

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day is a program of the Franklin Cultural Council, with additional support from the Norfolk Cultural Council, MASSCreative, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and our sponsors Dedham Savings Bank and Whole Foods Market. All advocacy activities and workshops are offered free of charge, however, a suggested donation of $10 per registrant is appreciated to help offset the cost of breakfast and lunch. To register for CAAD, please go to: http://bit.ly/CAAD2018register.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Pantherbook: "A Walkout Planned at Franklin High"

Rebekah Redwine, Guest Writer for Pantherbook, provides a summary of the student walkout planned at FHS for March 14.

"On February 14th, 17 lives were taken at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a result of the cruel gun violence of the recent years, a National School Walkout will be happening on March 14, 2018 at 10 AM. Schools all over the country will be doing this, as a way to honor those who lost their lives and to call on Congress to act upon the violence in our nation.

Franklin High will be participating in this, but the way we are doing it is a bit different from how many schools across the country are. We are lucky enough that students and teachers will not face consequences, such as suspension, for walking out and standing up for what they believe in. However, many students do not want to walk out and they will be given the chance to go to the gym for the 17 minutes.
 
There is a lot of debate over this walk out, as many students do not understand what the point of the walkout is or believe that it will not make a difference. We should not have to feel unsafe in our schools, movie theaters, or homes. We call upon Congress to make a change and help end gun violence nationally. This walk out though, is more about school safety. Feeling safe in a learning environment should not be a political issue, as nobody wants to arrive at FHS at 7:15 every morning fearing for their life. This mass movement is to help us end the tragic deaths of students and teachers as a result of gun violence."
Continue reading the article about the walkout at Pantherbook
https://franklinpanthers.us/top-stories/2018/03/06/a-walk-out-planned-at-franklin-high/

Pantherbook: "A Walkout Planned at Franklin High"
Pantherbook: "A Walkout Planned at Franklin High"

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Pantherbook: "A Moment of Silence for Parkland" - Mar 14

Alyssa Carolan, Editor of Pantherbook, writes about "A Moment of Silence for Parkland" being scheduled for March 14.

"On the afternoon of February 14th, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 17 were killed and 14 more were injured, being taken to hospitals, causing this to replace the 1999 events at Columbine High School as the deadliest high school shooting in America. Nikolas Cruz, a 19 year old who had been expelled from the Parkland high school, was the one to open fire. 
This is not the first school shooting that occurred in 2018, making this incident harrowing, in terms of circumstance and statistic. Schools should be a place of safety, which makes instances like these so terrifying. 
In order to practice safety and preparation, Franklin High School will have a lockdown drill next week. The drills FHS practice are a blend of lockdown in place drills and active live shooter drills. In a lockdown drill, measures taken include: turning the lights off, locking the door, sitting in a corner away from the windows, and seeing an exit, and taking it immediately. In an active live shooter drill, measures taken include: barricading the door, seeing an exit and taking it immediately, and fighting back, throwing, trying to be as much of a disruption as possible. 
“We are always examining our drills and our safety,” Mr. Peri stated."

Continue reading the article at Pantherbook
https://franklinpanthers.us/news/2018/02/28/a-moment-of-silence-for-parkland/

Pantherbook: "A Moment of Silence for Parkland" - Mar 14
Pantherbook: "A Moment of Silence for Parkland" - Mar 14


More about the Women's March Youth Empower can be found online
https://www.womensmarch.com/enough-toolkit

Friday, March 2, 2018

Register now for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018!




Register now for Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018

Register now for CAAD2018!

Action and IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day 2018 is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a day of grassroots activism and education.

Agenda: 
8:00 - 9:00          Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:00 - 9:10           Welcome Address
9:10 - 9:25           Why Advocate?
9:25 - 9:40           MASSCreative: Advocating for Public Funding for the Arts, Arts Education and Public Art
9:40 - 10:00        Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities
10:10 - 11:10        Educational Workshop Session 1
11:20 - 12:20       Educational Workshop Session 2
12:30 - 1:15          Lunch and Meet Your Reps … talk about the arts with legislators while noshing
1:25 - 2:25           Panel Discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement
2:25 - 2:30          Wrap Up


Workshops:
  • How to Attract and Keep Volunteers
  • Marketing for Arts Organizations
  • How to Build Community Partnerships
  • Social Media Basics
  • Grant Budget Planning for Non-Profits
  • Creating a Successful Arts/Business Partnership Event
  • Developing a Social Media Strategy
  • Ask the Experts: Grants and Budgets
  • Leveraging PR and Email Marketing
  • The Ins and Outs of How to Advocate for the Arts, with MA Representative Jeff Roy
  • Panel discussion: How to Drive Community Engagement
     
Register Now

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

#opioidFranklin: Not An Emergency?

The opioid problem needs to be addressed on multiple fronts. The SAFE Coalition is working hard locally to provide help. Representative Roy and others in the MA legislature are working that avenue. This group is working on the the national level and can use your support.



Facing Addiction


Yesterday, the President of the United States suggested there would be a big announcement related to the ongoing opioid crisis. But what he said was more of the same – continuing the same, tired rhetoric, without any of the bold action this issue demands and that he promised on the campaign trail. 

President Trump even suggested going back to a simple, 1980's-style message "Just Say No," and telling young people alcohol and other drugs are bad is the best path forward. That didn't work then and it will not work now. We need real solutions.


Addiction is Not A Crime

The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, stated that, despite the recommendations of their own Commission on the Opioid Crisis, it was not necessary to declare addiction a national emergency. "We believe that, as this point, that the resources that we need, or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis at this point can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency, although all things are on the table for the President," Price said.

Not necessary to declare an emergency? Mr. President, and Secretary Price, with all due respect – if you don't see this issue as an emergency, you haven't been paying attention to the recommendations of your OWN Presidential Appointed Commission! Or every major newspaper, TV news program, and radio news program in the country.

Friends, let's force the administration to pay attention. Let's come together as we have so many times before. Please, add your name with thousands of others in support of President Trump acting on his Commission's recommendation to declare a national emergency. Once you do, please pass the letter on to your networks via your social media pages or email. Let's make our voices so loud and clear that they can't possibly ignore us. Let's be a bold and powerful constituency of consequence on this life and death matter.

I hope you'll add your name by clicking here and showing them just how wrong they are.

Warm regards,

Michael King 
Director of Outreach and Engagement


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Reminder: Action and Impact - Community Arts Advocacy Day - May 20




You are invited to the following event:
ACTION & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day
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Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 8:15 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Franklin Senior Center
10 Daniel McCahill Street
Franklin, MA 02038

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Action & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day is a multi-town event bringing together artists, art advocates, cultural organizations, and local businesses to participate in a morning of grassroots activism and education supporting the importance of arts and arts education in our culture.

Action & IMPACT is a FREE program of the Franklin Cultural Council, with additional support from the Norfolk Cultural Council, Cultural Alliance of Medfield, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and MASSCreative.

Agenda:
8:15 - 9:00:            Registration, Breakfast & Networking

9:00-9:15:              Welcome Address

9:15-9:30:               Why Advocate?...the economic and cultural impact of the arts and what advocacy can achieve

9:30-9:50:              Your Arts Story "Elevator Pitch"…using your personal story to advocate for change

9:50-10:10:            Creative Break to Advocate…grassroots advocacy activities

10:15-11:00:          Educational Workshop Session 1

11:00-11:45:          Educational Workshop Session 2

11:45-12:00:          Wrap up & Social Media Call to Action…one last advocacy action!

Workshops:

Tips for Successful Grant WritingBarb Gardner, Franklin Cultural Council & Lillian Gould, MFA
Barb, a grant writer for Tufts University, and Lillian, a grant writer for the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, will offer specific tips and information on ways to improve your future Cultural Council grant applications, as well as resources for finding other grants and suggestions on ways to write a successful grant app.

Leveraging PR & Email MarketingTamara Starr, Franklin Cultural Council
Tamara is a former Content Producer for the Boston Globe and former editor of Patch.com and knows what it takes to grab the attention of the press. This workshop will focus on how to write a great press release, managing relationships with editors, examples of impactful "letters to the editor" that support your arts and advocacy message, and more!

Community Engagement through Social MediaCharity Stolarz & Taylor McVay, Norfolk Cultural Council
Learn to leverage the power of social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to connect to your community and amplify your message. Charity and Taylor will give you a crash course in the basic usage of the most popular social media platforms, along with tips and advice on which platforms are best suited for use in various circumstances. You'll get tools and techniques to boost your reach and maximize engagement with your target audience, and a chance to practice posting, liking, sharing and retweeting in real time with a workshop full of new social media followers. No social media experience necessary! 

Lobbying Your Town for Arts FundingJean Mineo, Cultural Alliance of Medfield
Jean successfully lobbied the town of Medfield 3 years ago to match Mass Cultural Council funding. She, in conjunction with the MCC, developed a Toolkit and Webinar on the topic outlining the successful strategies to use as well as pitfalls to avoid when approaching your town for funding.

The Ins and Outs of How to AdvocateMA Representative Jeff Roy & Andre Green, MASSCreative
Representative Roy will talk to us about the issues he faces regarding State arts funding budgeting, the objections his colleagues might have to supporting the arts, and how to successfully address those objections when advocating. Andre, Political Director at MASSCreative, will then expand on our earlier elevator pitch activity to guide people in coming up with talking points and "scripts" for advocacy meetings with legislators, giving time to role play these meetings with Rep Roy and others.

Art Builds Business Builds Art: Creating Symbiotic Corporate/Arts Relationships
Local businesses and arts organizations can create mutually beneficial, symbiotic relationships. Corporations offer sponsorship and funding for the arts, while the arts foster a desirable work environment, increased efficiency and morale, and build competitive advantages for businesses. This workshop will explore those relationships and how to create them within your community.

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