GCI recognizes the need for our cultural and creative community to be informed and advocate for the resources and support necessary to thrive. We will help to inform the community and encourage citizen participation and advocacy for policy changes and increased investment at every level of government to support cultural and artistic expression.​

Here are some of the organizations that provide useful and necessary advocacy information:

Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development –

The duty of the committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development to consider all matters concerning tourism, arts and cultural development in the Commonwealth and such other matters as may be referred.

Animating Democracy –

As a program of Americans for the Arts, we bring national visibility to arts for change work, build knowledge about quality practice, and create useful resources. By demonstrating the public value of creative work that contributes to social change and fostering synergy across arts and other fields and sectors, we work to make the arts an integral and effective part of solutions to the challenges of communities and toward ensuring a healthy democracy.

Arts and Business Council of Boston –

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston invests in the people and organizations that create the art we love. We do this through integrated and responsive programs and services designed to support and nurture the creative ecosystem.

-Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts
-Art Lending
-The Creative Campus
-Fiscal Sponsorship
-The Open Funds Studios Initiative
-Professional Development Studios For The Artists

Americans for the Arts –

Our mission is to build recognition and support for the extraordinary and dynamic value of the arts and to lead, serve, and advance the diverse networks of organizations and individuals who cultivate the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.

-Legislative Issues Center
-Facts and Figures
-Advocacy Toolkit
-Take Action Now

MassCreative –

MASSCreative advocates for a well-resourced and equitable creative sector that is essential to the economic and civic vibrancy of Massachusetts. Working with its organizational and individual members, MASSCreative advances the public policy, grassroots advocacy learning, and cross-sector alliances necessary to creating a Commonwealth where art, culture, and creativity are a valued part of everyday life.

Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition, MALC (Artists Under the Dome)

The goal of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) is to ensure that Massachusetts artists of all disciplines have a voice in public dialogs, decisions, and key public policy initiatives that impact the artists community and the creative economy. MALC works to ensure that artists have a permanent place at the policy making table. MALC brings together artists leaders of all disciplines and artist(s) run organizations, initiatives, and businesses around key issues facing Massachusetts artists working in all disciplines.

Contact Information For Federal, State, and Local Elected Officials

United States Senate

Edward Markey, D

255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2742

Elizabeth Warren, D

309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C.20510
Phone: (202) 224- 4543

United States Congress

Congressman Seth Moulton, D

Salem, MA Office (District Office)
21 Front Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 531-1669
Fax: (978) 224-2270

Massachusetts Governor

Charlie Baker, R

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street

Office of the Governor, Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 725-4005
Fax: (617) 727-9725

Massachusetts State Senate

Senator Bruce Tarr, R.

24 Beacon Street, Room 308
Boston, MA 02133
Phone – (617) 722-1600
Fax: (617) 722-1320

Massachusetts State Rep.

Ann-Margaret Ferrante, D

24 Beacon Street, Room 42
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: (617) 722-2370
Fax: (617) 722-2339

Mayor Of Gloucester

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken

9 Dale Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978) 281-9700
Fax: (978) 281-9738
City Website


City of Gloucester City Councilors

Melissa Cox

Phone: (978) 631-9015

Jen Holmgren

Phone: (978) 335-4748

John McCarthy

Phone: (978) 284-0204

James W. O’Hara Jr.

Phone: (978) 979-7533

Ward Councilors

Scott Memhard, Ward 1

Phone: (978) 283-1955 Email

Barrett S, Pett, Ward 2

Phone: (978) 281-2822

Steven G. LeBlanc, Jr., President, Ward 3

Phone: (978) 283-3360


Valerie Gilman, Vice President, Ward 4

Phone: (978) 621- 4682


Sean P. Nolan, Ward 5

Phone: (978) 375-8381