New poll shows high participation strong support for arts and culture among Gateway City voters

Click for the accompanying report and crosstabs. BOSTON—Seventy percent of voters in Massachusetts’ eleven Gateway Cities consider community arts and culture events and activities either very important or extremely important and eighty percent support government funding for such events.  About half (49 percent) feel general government funding for the arts should increase, and another 36 percent

First in the nation index tracking the vitality of the middle class predicts more difficult times ahead

Public opinion poll reinforces index findings, one in three say they are in danger of falling out of the middle class BOSTON—MassINC is unveiling a first-of-its-kind Middle Class Index designed to serve as a barometer of the status of middle class residents. Composed of 26 different indicators, the overall score for Massachusetts in 2010 was 97.4,

Stars of Massachusetts politics and media get ready for Serious Fun

Senator Scott Brown joins the show BOSTON–Rehearsals were held yesterday at Suffolk University’s Modern Theater in preparation for Serious Fun: A Political Party. Pictured are Lauren Beckham Falcone of WROR, Michael Graham of WTKK and the Boston Herald, and legendary news anchor Chet Curtis.  The Serious Fun event, emceed by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan

MassINC releases new report on student mobility in Gateway Cities

Extensive research documents the negative consequences that student mobility – the churn of youth entering and exiting classrooms during the school year – has on the academic performance of both students who change schools, as well as those left behind in unstable classrooms. Gateway Cities are heavily impacted by the challenges associated with student turnover.

CommonWealth editor Bruce Mohl appears on WGBH’s Greater Boston

Bruce Mohl, editor of CommonWealth magazine, appeared on Greater Boston to discuss the recent indictment of former Probation Commissioner John J. O’Brien. O’Brien is accused of jointly organizing a fundraiser for then-gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill with Cahill aide Scott S. Campbell in return for a lottery job for O’Brien’s wife. You can watch the full

Gateway Cities to benefit from first major public private investment in “Creative Placemaking”

BOSTON—MassINC today received a $125,000 grant to drive a revitalization strategy for Gateway Cities that uses arts and culture to jump-start local economies and transform communities. The investment comes from an unprecedented collaboration among 11 major foundations, seven federal agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts.  The consortium, called ArtPlace, awarded $11.5 million to

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