The Arts Engage Candidates Series: Executing Successful Mayoral Forums

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June 27, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

Ensuring elected officials are made aware of and are held accountable for the issues and needs of the arts sector is integral to ensuring communities have fertile ground with which they can grow and thrive. One way advocates can achieve this is by engaging in the political process—by educating and communicating the value of and holding their elected officials accountable on arts and culture issues. In this session, attendees will hear about organizations which have created arts-based mayoral forums in an effort to gauge the readiness and willingness of political leaders to foster a strong arts and culture sector

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn why it is important for political leaders to be engaged in needs of the arts sector. 
  • Attendees will hear from organizations which have hosted arts-based mayoral forums and learn the best practices and recommended resources for executing a successful mayoral forum which addresses arts and culture issues.

Jeannie L. Howe

Executive Director, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

Jeannie L. Howe is the Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), a regional, membership organization that was organized by artists and cultural organizations to unify, nurture and promote the cultural sector in Baltimore and its five surrounding counties. Under her leadership, since January 2012 GBCA has transformed and expanded its services to the cultural community, including: new professional development initiatives for artists and emerging arts management leaders of color; re-launched audience development strategies; supported artists with awards and grants; and advocated for the health, visibility, and financial strength of the sector. Membership during this time has increased from 80 to nearly 500 artists and organizations. 

 Prior to joining GBCA, Howe was founder and president of BayCliff Associates, and provided management and fundraising consultation for nonprofit clients, including Everyman Theatre in Baltimore for whom she led a successful $17.7 million capital campaign. Her career has included leadership positions with a range of nonprofit organizations including the Alley Theatre, Baltimore Reads, and The Marrow Foundation (now Be the Match Foundation). Howe has held many volunteer positions including her current service on the Baltimore Orchard Project and Callaway Garrison Improvement Association Boards of Directors. Howe received a M.A. in Theatre from Miami University of Ohio and a B.A. in Theatre from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In 2014, the Daily Record recognized her as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Twitter@BMoreCulture

Matt Wilson

Executive Director, MASSCreative

Hired as MASSCreative’s first Executive Director in March of 2012, Matt directs the advocacy campaigns and organizational development for the organization. For 30 years, he has run campaigns and organized volunteers and communities for the public interest on a local, state, national level.

In 2011, Wilson directed environmentalist and social entrepreneur Bob Massie’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. Previously he coordinated Health Care for All’s campaign to monitor the takeover of the nonprofit Caritas Hospitals by a for profit private equity firm.

As the National Director of the field staff for from 2005-2006, Matt helped develop and implement the strategy behind’s successful 2006 Call for Change, which recruited and trained more than 100,000 volunteers in 60 swing Congressional and Senate districts.

As the Founder and Director of Toxics Action Center from 1989 to 2005, Wilson assisted more than 300 neighborhood groups address toxic pollution issues in their communities. He grew the organization from one staffer working in Massachusetts to a New England-wide organization with 11 staff. Wilson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1983 and also earned a Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2008. Twitter@MASSCreative

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