Elevating Arts, Culture, & Creativity in Elections in MA
Elections are a great time to talk about the strengths and challenges our cities face and the vision for our community. While candidates spend lots of time talking about jobs, the economy, and education, they rarely talk about arts and culture as part of their vision. Seeing the need to make arts and culture part of the discussion, MASSCreative launched Create the Vote, a nonpartisan public education campaign to raise awareness and support for the arts among voters and candidates running for public office.
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 community 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.
Create the Vote 2016
Create the Vote 2015
Create the Vote 2014
Create the Vote 2013
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-350-7610.