Art Builds Community: Let’s Elect a Mayor Who Will Support This

Both The Rainbow Times and Bay Windows ran an op ed piece by two members of the Create the Vote coalition about Boston's next mayor. Authors, Craig Coogan of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus and Matt Wilson of MASSCreative, at first champion art as an economic driver in the city - generating $1 billion annually - but immediately shift their story to a less numeric impact: "But art does something else that is impossible to put a price on: it builds community." 

In this community impact, art has the capacity to connect individuals through a universal experience. The Boston Gay Men's Chorus use music to to unite and empower communities, speaking to what we all have in common: "We all have a soundtrack to our lives."

To put things in perspective for the mayoral election, the two arts leaders frame art as a tool to serve citywide issues:

"We want bold strategic planning from City Hall that will integrate the arts into other municipal priorities like economic development, education, housing, transportation, and public safety. Both of the finalists who will face off on November 5 have pledged to be arts champions."

Read more about how art builds community in The Rainbow Times and Bay Windows.

 

 

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