Create The Vote

Create the Vote 2014 

Over the next three months, the race to elect the next Governor of Massachusetts will provide candidates and voters the opportunity to discuss the strengths and challenges of the Commonwealth and debate how we can strengthen the economy, improve our schools, and make our communities healthier and safer. Arts matter in Massachusetts and should be part of the discussion.

Share the conversation!

  • Follow MASSCreative on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube so you can easily keep up with our news and share it with your circle of friends and family. At art events, share photos and highlights via social media. Tag us @MASSCreative and use the hashtag #ArtsMatter.

Use your arts voice!

  • Be an Artsdogger! Keep the conversation going by asking the candidates questions about arts and culture. Raise your hand at events, tweet at the candidates, email them, and pose questions on their Facebook pages about their positions on arts, culture, and creativity. Read the candidates' answers to our Create the Vote questionnaire. Check out where the candidates are holding public events. Check out our sample questions.

    @CharlieForGov, @berwickforMA, @marthacoakley, @efalchuk, 
    @markfisher2014, @SteveGrossmanMA, @JMacForGov  

Show that Massachusetts voters care about the arts!

  • Sign the Arts Matter pledge to show the candidates that arts matter to you and should matter in this election.
  • Share your Arts Matter story with a video or picture.
  • Invite your friends, family, colleagues, and supporters to take the Arts Matter pledge.
    • See our sample email
    • See our sample curtain speech
    • See our sample Arts Matter ad and button that you can put in your program or on your website
    • If you'd like buttons, stickers, or our palm cards, email Drew at
  • Take part in Arts Matter Days, September 12 and October 19. 

On July 15th at the Hanover Theatre, over 500 arts and cultural supporters gathered for the first-ever statewide candidate forum dedicated to arts and cultural issues. The audience heard gubernatorial candidates Don Berwick, Martha Coakley, Evan Falchuk, Mark Fisher, Steve Grossman, and Jeff McCormick respond to questions from the community and lay out their arts and cultural platforms.

Take a look at the night:



Create the Vote Blog

During his meeting with members of the Create the Vote Coalition, gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick called our attention to a fascinating book: 2009’s “Transforming the Healthcare Experience Through the Arts.” Berwick wrote the Forward for the book, which was authored by hospital executive Blair Sadler and Annette Ridenour, an artist/designer...

 Create the Vote Gubernatorial Candidates Forumon Arts, Culture, and Creativity  

Today, ArtsBoston released a new report titled “The Arts Factor 2014 Report” which quantifies the impact of arts, culture, and creativity on the Greater Boston region.(Click here for a lot of cool graphics such as how much money the sector pumps into the economy and how many people attend arts...

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Community Impact

As chair of the Medfield Cultural Council, when Jean Mineo learned last year that other local cultural councils had secured municipal funding to supplement their state grants, she knew immediately she had to try the same thing. “If other places were doing it, I figured we had a chance to...