MASSCreative Names Emily Ruddock as Executive Director
Ruddock was appointed interim executive director of MASSCreative last April following the departure of founding executive director Matt Wilson who returned to the broader movement for social justice.
Fulfilling our mission to create a Commonwealth in which arts, culture, and creativity are an expected, well-funded and valued part of everyday life will require leadership that is bold, strategic, and collaborative, said Stephen Immerman, board chair of MASSCreative. That is what we have in Emily, who also brings passion not just for art, but for equitable access to art. We are incredibly excited to advance our work with artists, cultural councils, arts organizations and the broader creative community and to have Emily leading these efforts.
Ruddock said, I am honored to lead MASSCreative, which in its first seven years has become an indispensable advocate for the states art, cultural, and creative communities. As we look ahead to the next seven years and beyond, our work must expand to advance policies that support a strong, well-resourced creative sector so that everyone in Massachusetts, regardless of where they live, can access the benefits provided by artistic and cultural experiences and participation.
"The creative sector is one of the most potent contributors to the states economic and civic vitality, but none of this happens by accident. It takes strategic planning and advocacy.
Ruddock joined MASSCreative two years ago as a program advocate. She subsequently was named director of policy and government affairs, holding the post for nine months until she was named interim executive director.
Before joining MASSCreative in 2017, Ruddock was the artistic producer at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT), where she managed the day-to-day operations of the artistic department, including hiring, resource logistics, and budgeting for theatrical productions. She also developed and supervised MRTs first education department-focused effort, strengthening partnerships with local social service organizations and schools.
Ruddock earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in critical social thought from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Since Wilson founded MASSCreative in 2012, the organization has grown into a statewide network of more than 400 organizational members and tens of thousands of grassroots arts supporters. After Gov. Charlies Baker vetoed more than half of the Massachusetts Cultural Councils budget in 2016, MASSCreative successfully engaged Massachusetts lawmakers to override the veto restore the funding.