Create the Vote Coalition to host public meetings with Mayoral Finalists John Connolly and Marty Walsh

BOSTON, October 15, 2013—Create the Vote, a coalition of Boston arts, cultural, and creative institutions, announced today that it will host public meetings with Boston mayoral finalists John Connolly and Marty Walsh. Joyce Kulhawik, President of the Boston Theater Critics Association and JoycesChoices.com, will moderate both meetings. The public is invited to attend.

The Create the Vote Forum with Marty Walsh will be held Friday, October 18 at the African Meeting House of the Museum of African American History at 46 Joy Street on Beacon Hill. The event will run from 9-10AM. The public is invited to arrive by 8:30AM for breakfast.

The Create the Vote Forum with John Connolly will be held Friday, October 25 at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton Street in the South End. Villa Victoria is a program of IBA-Inquilinos Boricuas En Acción. The event will run from 4:15-5:15 PM. The public is invited to arrive by 3:45.

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Statement by MASSCreative on Boston Preliminary Election Results

    

BOSTON, September 25, 2013—On Tuesday, Boston mayoral candidates John Connolly and Marty Walsh emerged as the two finalists for the November 5 election. MASSCreative Executive Director Matt Wilson issued the following statement in response to the election results:

“We don’t know who the next mayor of Boston will be. Voters will make that decision on November 5. But we already know that the next mayor of Boston will be a champion of the arts. Both candidates have committed to hiring a cabinet-level arts commissioner. This commissioner will advocate for the sector and work on a strategic cultural plan for the city that can be integrated with other priorities such as education, economic development, and public safety. Both candidates have also committed to funding the creative sector, reforming the permitting process; bolstering arts education; and employing arts as a tool to spur neighborhood development. 

“Creativity is powerful. It increases economic activity, boosts educational opportunities for young people, and helps build strong communities. We look forward to collaborating with the next mayor of Boston to support the arts and cultural community in working to its fullest capacity.” 

 

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Founded in 2012, MASSCreative works with creative leaders and entrepreneurs, working artists, arts educators, and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and support necessary to build vibrant and connected communities.

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Create the Vote Coalition Meets With Boston Mayoral Candidate Charlotte Golar Richie

    

Candidate says she would be a champion of the arts, but cautions arts advocates on the ability of a new Mayor to deliver additional support for the arts   

BOSTON, September 20, 2013—The Create the Vote Coalition announced today that Boston mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie met with the Coalition Sept. 5.

The Coalition—a collaboration of Boston’s arts, cultural, and creative institutions convened by MASSCreative—met with Golar Richie at ArtsBoston. Representatives from ArtsBoston, the Boston Children’s Museum, Celebrity Series, Huntington Theatre, and the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and a working artist questioned Golar Richie about her vision for the arts in Boston.

Golar Richie, who played classical piano growing up and worked as an actor after college, said that the arts have always been “a part” of her life.

“I would say that with me, you will get someone with a real, visceral connection to the arts,” she said. “I have a passion for the arts and the arts can help me address issues such as crime, education, and raising children’s self-esteem.”

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Create the Vote Coalition Meets With Boston Mayoral Candidate and City Councilor-at-Large John Connolly

Candidate would create a cabinet level position for arts and culture, as well as city department to oversee cultural initiatives   

BOSTON, September 5, 2013—The Create the Vote Coalition announced today that Boston mayoral candidate and Councilor-at-Large John Connolly met with the Coalition Aug. 23.

The Coalition—a collaboration of Boston’s arts, cultural, and creative institutions convened by MASSCreative—met with Connolly at HarborArts in East Boston. Representatives from HarborArts, ArtsBoston, ZUMIX, BostonAPP/Lab: Art in Public Places, and two working artists questioned Connolly about his vision for the arts in Boston.

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Create the Vote Coalition Meets With Boston Mayoral Candidate and City Councilor-at-Large Felix Arroyo

Candidate would create a line item for the arts in the city budget and expand credit for small business owners, including artists 

BOSTON, September 4, 2013—The Create the Vote Coalition announced today that Boston mayoral candidate and Councilor-at-Large Felix Arroyo met with the Coalition Aug. 23.

The Coalition—a collaboration of Boston’s arts, cultural, and creative institutions convened by MASSCreative—met with Arroyo at Celebrity Series. Representatives from the Celebrity Series, Boston Children’s Museum, the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and Boston Gay Men’s Chorus questioned Arroyo about his vision for the arts in Boston.

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Create the Vote Coalition Meets With Boston Mayoral Candidate and District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross

Candidate would dedicate one percent of linkage funds from private development to support arts and culture; outlines vision for how arts advocacy should work with other policy initiatives 

BOSTON, September 3, 2013—The Create the Vote Coalition announced today that Boston mayoral candidate and District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross met with the Coalition Aug. 22.

The Coalition—a collaboration of Boston’s arts , cultural, and creative institutions convened by MASSCreative—met with Ross at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Representatives from the Celebrity Series, Huntington Theatre, Stage Source, the Lyric Stage Company, and BostonAPP/Lab: Art in Public Places questioned Ross about his vision for the arts in Boston.

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Statement by MASSCreative on Sept. 9 Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity

BOSTON, August 29, 2013—Yesterday, MASSCreative re-confirmed the participation of seven candidates running for mayor of Boston in the Create the Vote Coalition’s long-planned Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity. A second mayoral debate, announced last week and organized by the Boston Herald, NECN, and Suffolk University, would have conflicted with the arts forum. After candidates pledged to keep their commitment to the Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity, the media organizations changed the time of their debate so that it no longer interfered with the Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity.

Matt Wilson, Executive Director of MASSCreative, the organizer of the Create the Vote Coalition, offered the following statement in response:

“We are pleased that all of the candidates running for mayor who had originally pledged to participate in the Boston Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity kept their promise. This action, along with what we are learning from the candidates during our individual meetings with them, shows a deep and growing political commitment to the issues of arts, culture and creativity. 

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Statement by MASSCreative on Boston Media Consortium Decision To Hold Debate Conflicting With Create the Vote Mayoral Forum

August 27, 2013—Today, the Boston Media Consortium announced that it would hold a televised debate among the candidates for mayor of Boston. The event conflicts with Create the Vote’s Boston Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity set to take place Sept. 9 at 6pm at the Paramount Theatre.

Mayoral candidates Felix Arroyo, John Barros, John Connolly, Marty Walsh, Charlotte Golar Richie, Mike Ross, and Bill Walzcak have already confirmed their attendance at the Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity. More than 325 residents have RSVP’d for the event, including most of the nearly 60 arts and cultural leaders who signed an open letter to the candidates inviting them to the discussion, which is to be moderated by Joyce Kulhawik, President of the Boston Theater Critics Association and JoycesChoices.com. 

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Mayoral Forum on the Arts To Be Held Sept. 9 At Paramount Theatre with Moderator Joyce Kulhawik

Create the Vote Coalition wants to hear candidates’ vision for the arts and culture in Boston

 

BOSTON, August 22, 2013—Create the Vote, a coalition of Boston arts, cultural, and creative institutions, announced today that it will host the Boston Mayoral Candidate Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity. Joyce Kulhawik, President of the Boston Theater Critics Association and JoycesChoices.com, will moderate the forum, which will foster discussion of mayoral candidates’ vision for the arts and culture in Boston. The forum will take place at the Paramount Theatre on Washington Street on Monday, September 9 from 6-7:30pm. All members of the public are invited to attend.

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MASSCreative Meets With Boston Mayoral Candidate Bill Walczak

Candidate would appoint a Commissioner for Arts and Cultural Affairs and calls for dedicated revenue stream to support arts and culture 

BOSTON, August 23, 2013—MASSCreative announced today that Boston mayoral candidate Bill Walczak, founder of the Codman Square Health Center, met with the Create the Vote Coalition Aug. 15 to discuss his vision for the arts in Boston.

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