Arts and Creativity in the 2018 Election

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On November 6, 110 million people went to the polls to vote--the highest turnout in a midterm election since 1966. Here in Massachusetts, voter turnout was the highest ever for a midterm election in the Commonwealth.

Over the past six months, MASSCreative's Create the Vote coalition brought together candidates and voters to discuss the ways that arts and creative expression connect and engage us, improve schools, strengthen local business districts, and build vibrant neighborhoods. Through candidate questionnaires, sit-down meetings, and forums, Create the Vote showed that arts matter in Massachusetts and in this election.   

MASSCreative kicked off the election season with seven kickoff parties across the Commonwealth at local breweries in North Adams, Easthampton, Worcester, Lynn, Somerville, Dorchester, and New Bedford. After crowdsourcing questions to ask those running for office, we reached out to candidates running for Congress, the Governor’s Office, and the State Legislature, receiving nearly 50 candidate responses to our questionnaire on Arts, Culture, and Creativity. With leaders from the creative community, we held nine sit-down meetings with candidates from across the Commonwealth and a forum with Democratic candidate for Governor Jay Gonzalez.

Congratulations to all the candidates on their campaigns! As we head into the new legislative session in 2019, we look forward to building on these relationships and working with elected officials to utilize the creative sector as they craft legislation and work to solve challenges in districts across the Commonwealth.

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