Thursday, February 25, 2010

MAASH update

Yesterday, Celeste Wilson, chair of the Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities's (MAASH) board of directors, sent out an update about how the Boston-based arts advocacy nonprofit is doing since its executive director Dan Hunter and director of development Hathalee Higgs announced in December that they were leaving MAASH to launch their own creative economy consulting firm, Hunter Higgs. Their departure left MAASH without any staff.

Wilson writes:
As you may already have heard, there have been some significant staffing changes at the Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities over the past few months. However, the mission of the organization remains the same.

On behalf of the MAASH Board of Directors, we want to assure you that we see this as an opportunity to engage our members to insure that the mission of MAASH and its work is aligned with your needs. We all agree that the work of advocacy is vitally important for the arts, sciences and humanities, especially in this time of budget planning. Therefore, the advocacy alerts and services to our members will continue through this period of transition.

Over the next few months, working closely with The Boston Foundation, we will be convening meetings and surveying our members. We want to understand fully the challenges you face and ensure the organization continues to meet your needs.

Your dues will continue to support grassroots organizing advocacy to increase state funding for this important work. We've come a long way, but continue to face many challenges. We must continue to work together to educate the people of Massachusetts about the economic, social, and educational value of the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Our telephone number remains the same at 617-725-0155 and voicemail will be checked regularly. To reach us by email please use Our new mailing address is P.O. Box 961859, Boston, MA 02196.

We look forward to working with you during this transition period and welcome your input as we move forward.

Celeste Wilson
Chair, MAASH Board of Directors
Dec. 19, 2009: MAASH staffers leave to start consulting firm.


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