Create the Vote

 

Elevating Arts, Culture, & Creativity in Elections in MA

Elections are a time for candidates and voters to discuss the strengths and challenges of our towns and cities. It is also the time where we as a society can openly debate our vision for our communities and think about what is possible.

While arts and culture play a role in our local economies, our educational systems, and in the vibrancy of our neighborhoods and downtowns, candidates often times do not include arts and culture as part of their platform or vision. 

Seeing the need to make arts and culture part of the discussion, MASSCreative has launched Create the Vote, a nonpartisan public education campaign to raise awareness and support for arts, culture, and creative expression. In 2013, MASSCreative organized the first Create the Vote campaign during Boston’s mayoral election. The campaign hit a big benchmark when Boston Mayor Marty Walsh delivered on his campaign commitment to build an arts renaissance in Boston and hired a cabinet-level position for the arts.

In 2014, Create the Vote went statewide to elevate arts and culture in the election for a new MA governor and state legislature. In 2015, Create the Vote partnered with cities across the Commonwealth to insert arts and culture in the conversation. In 2016, Create the Vote issued a questionnaire to all candidates running for MA House and Senate and partnered with local arts and cultural organizations on Cape Cod and in Springfield to tailor the campaign locally.

In 2017, with active Mayoral and City Council races in more than 40 cities across the Commonwealth, this non-partisan initiative will highlight the role that arts and culture play in educating our students, building vibrant neighborhoods, and strengthening local economies. 

Create the Vote 2017

Create the Vote 2016

Create the Vote Statewide

Create the Vote Cape Cod

Create the Vote 1st Hampden & Hampshire

Create the Vote Fitchburg & Lunenburg

Create the Vote 2015

Create the Vote Gloucester

Create the Vote Haverhill

Create the Vote Medford

Create the Vote New Bedford

Create the Vote Springfield

Create the Vote Worcester 


Create the Vote 2014

Create the Vote MA - Gubernatorial Race 


Create the Vote 2013

Create the Vote Boston

 

Want to bring Create the Vote to your city? Our Create the Vote Campaign Toolkit provides the tools for any municipality to run a nonpartisan public education campaign to raise arts and culture in the conversation around elections. Contact our Senior Campaign Organizer, Tracie Konopinski, for organizing assistance: tkonopinski@mass-creative.org or 617-350-7610.

 

 

 

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