How Do You Add Color to the Commonwealth?

Artists, creative workers & cultural organizations bring color and vibrancy to the Commonwealth in many ways. They build inclusive, connected, and more equitable communities. They animate our main streets and downtowns. They help young people develop into empathetic and innovative leaders. 

And they change how we experience the world. 

Use our Statehouse coloring sheet to envision a more creative and vibrant Massachusetts.

Be sure to join the conversation & share photos of how you #ColorTheCommonwealth with #CTVMA2022 by tagging us on Twitter @CreateTheVoteMA and on Instagram @ctv_ma.

Time to get creative!

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Voting Details for the Nov 8 General Election

Register or verify your voter registration

You must be registered to vote on or before Saturday, October 29, 2022 in order to vote in the November 8 General Election. Register online, in person, or by mail. If you’re already registered, verify your registration or if you’ve moved, update your registration with your new address. 

 

Important deadlines

Voter Registration Deadline: Sat October 29, 2022
Vote by Mail Application Deadline: Tues November 1, 2022
Early Voting: Sat October 22 - Fri November 4
Election Day: Tues Nov 8, 7am – 8pm

 

Ways to vote

You can cast your vote by:

  • Vote-by-mail
  • Early Voting
  • In person voting on Election Day
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MASSCreative Seeks Candidates for Two Senior Leadership Positions

MASSCreative seeks candidates for two newly created positions, Director of External Relations and Director of Organizing. In collaboration with the Executive Director, these two roles will help direct MASSCreative's advocacy, learning and case making strategies. 

The Director of External Relations will lead MASSCreative communications strategies and fundraising efforts to increase awareness of MASSCreative’s impact on the sector, advance our policy goals and develop iterative strategies to build support for MASSCreative’s work. 

The Director of Organizing lead MASSCreative's political mobilization strategies, direct our advocacy training and skills building programming and build strong partnerships with creative sector leaders, stakeholders and organizations to achieve shared policy priorities. 

MASSCreative is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Black, Indigenous and People of color, women, LGBTQ-identified persons, and others from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about these positions, click on the links below to download the full posting.

Download the Director of External Relations job summary.

Download the Director of Organizing job summary. 

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CTVMA Forum Highlights

The Create the Vote Coalition’s 2022 Candidate Forum and Celebration of the Arts featured a moderated conversation with candidates running for Lieutenant Governor, an exhibit of art and creativity across disciplines, snacks, drinks, and a great location at the JMAC in Worcester. 

The evening started with a meet and greet cocktail hour, with catering provided by Kim Jones of Strong Style Coffee. Along with the social time, Worcester Interfaith and Mass Voter Table were there sharing information about the Fair Share Amendment which is endorsed by the CTV coalition. The Create the Vote policy platform and invitations to endorse the platform were also available. Artwork by Julia Csekö, Hank von Hellion, Ashlee Leffita, and John Powers was on display for participants to enjoy. 

The forum was opened with a music performance from Candida Rose Baptista of Golden Rose Music. Candida Rose had the audience singing, clapping, and moving to the music.

Watch a video of Candida Rose's performance 

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July 29, 2022 Policy & Action Update

On Friday July 29, 2022 we held our regular Policy and Action Update Webinar - a chance for advocates across the Commonwealth to hear updates on Federal, State and local arts policy issues and opportunities to take action. 

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Arts and Cultural Leaders Launch Statewide Campaign to Advance Priorities of Creative Sector in Governor’s Race

Create the Vote 2022 Will Host Statewide Candidate Forum Aug. 3 in Worcester 

June 14, 2022—The Massachusetts cultural community today launched the Create the Vote MA 2022 Coalition (CTVMA) to ensure candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor understand and support the state’s growing creative economy and its artists, organizations, and workers.

CTVMA now comprises 36 organizations representing the state’s racially, linguistically, and geographically diverse population who’ve joined the campaign to elevate the voices, contributions, and concerns of the arts, cultural, and creative workforce throughout the 2022 campaign. This new campaign builds on a nearly decade-long effort by MASSCreative and its allies to position the creative sector as a vital contributor to economic prosperity, community vitality, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, across Massachusetts. 

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Arts and Cultural Leaders Launch Statewide Campaign to Advance Priorities of Creative Sector in Governor’s Race

Create the Vote 2022 Will Host Statewide Candidate Forum Aug. 3 in Worcester 

June 14, 2022—The Massachusetts cultural community today launched the Create the Vote MA 2022 Coalition (CTVMA) to ensure candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor understand and support the state’s growing creative economy and its artists, organizations, and workers.

CTVMA now comprises 36 organizations representing the state’s racially, linguistically, and geographically diverse population who’ve joined the campaign to elevate the voices, contributions, and concerns of the arts, cultural, and creative workforce throughout the 2022 campaign. This new campaign builds on a nearly decade-long effort by MASSCreative and its allies to position the creative sector as a vital contributor to economic prosperity, community vitality, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, across Massachusetts. 

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Boston City Council to Hold Hearing on ARPA Support for Arts & Culture

On Friday, May 27 at 10:00 am the Boston City Council’s Committee on Boston’s COVID-19 Recovery will hold a hearing on the use of Boston’s American Rescue Plan Act Funding specifically focused on Economic Opportunity & Inclusion, Arts & Culture, and Early Childhood. You can watch a live stream of the hearing at boston.gov/city-council-tv

Hearings are an important part of city government and an opportunity for Boston residents to make their opinions known. The Committee will invite city officials, experts and Boston residents to share their opinions through testimony. After the hearing the committee will make a recommendation on spending plans for the entire City Council to consider.

What Advocates Can Do

There are three ways you can engage in the hearing process:

  • Testify in person at the Hearing
  • Testify virtually via video conferencing
  • Submit Written Testimony

How Do I Testify in person at a Hearing?

  • The hearing will be held in the Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall
  • You can sign up to testify when you arrive - before the hearing begins.
  • (the official notice recommends arriving 5 minutes prior to the start but you would plan to arrive a bit before that to ensure you are at the beginning of the public testimony portion.)
  • You will have up to 5 minutes to share your thoughts on the ARPA spending plan. 
  • In the case of this bill, we urge you to share your support for $20M of ARPA funds for arts and culture.
  • Please bring 15 copies of any written documents you wish to present at the hearing. 

How Do I Testify Virtually? 

  • Email Michelle A. Goldberg, staff contact for the committee ([email protected]) for a video conferencing link and instructions. 
  • You will have up to 5 minutes to share your thoughts on the ARPA spending plan. 
  • In the case of this bill, we urge you to share your support for $20M of ARPA funds for arts and culture.

Below are some tips for preparing your testimony:

  • Begin by addressing the Chair of the committee (Chair Kenzie Bok) and members of the Committee.
  • Thank the entire committee for the opportunity to share your testimony.
  • Introduce yourself:
    • "For the record my name is (name) and I am (job title, profession and/or artistic discipline).
    • If you are from an organization feel free to share a sentence about the organization.
  • State your support for $20M of ARPA funds for Arts and Culture. 
  • Finish by thanking the committee and offering to answer any questions they might have.

How Do I Submit Written Testimony?

Writing testimony is an excellent way to add your voice to the public record. Written testimony is considered by committee members and staff when making final decisions. Below are some tips for writing testimony in support of $20M of ARPA funding for arts, culture and creativity:

  • Testimony can be submitted via email to Michelle A. Goldberg, staff contact for the committee ([email protected])   
  • Use "Written Testimony – Boston’s COVID-19 Recovery Committee Hearing 05/27/22" in the subject line.
  • You should address the testimony to Hon. Kenzie Bok, Chair of the COVID-19 Recovery Committee. 
  • Check out these talking points to help you make your case.
  • While there is no explicit due date, it's helpful to submit written testimony by the end of the day Friday May 27, 2022.

Check out more resources and tools to advocate for increased city support for arts and culture in Boston.

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April 22, 2022 Policy & Action Update

On Friday April 22, 2022 we held our regular Policy and Action Update Webinar - a chance for advocates across the Commonwealth to hear updates on Federal, State and local arts policy issues and opportunities to take action. 

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March 25 MASSCreative Virtual & Policy Action Update

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