Create the Vote Campaign Reaching Out to Legislative Candidates

From now through Election Day, group will inject arts and culture into legislative campaigns 

BOSTON, September 12, 2014—Create the Vote, a coalition of artists and arts, cultural, and creative institutions based throughout Massachusetts, announced today that it will bring its campaign to legislative races throughout the state.

“Candidates for office throughout Massachusetts are discussing how to best strengthen our economy, improve our schools, and make communities healthier and safer. Arts matter in Massachusetts and they should be part of this discussion,” said Matt Wilson, Executive Director of MASSCreative, which has convened the Create the Vote Coalition.

Legislative candidates will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about how arts and culture have impacted their district; what they intend to do to support that work; and how they bring more arts to education. Local arts and cultural leaders will meet with candidates to learn more about their views on arts, culture, and creativity.

Additionally, MASSCreative will hold two days of activism around arts and culture to show gubernatorial candidates that Arts Matter in Massachusetts. On Friday, September 12 and Friday, October 24, thousands of artists, cultural leaders, and supporters of the arts will share the importance of arts and culture with candidates for governor.

Arts Matter participants will email candidates, share videos, and post to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #ArtsMatter and #mapoli to share stories of the impact art has in Massachusetts. More than 300 arts and culture organizations from around the state are expected to participate.

During the gubernatorial primary campaign, representatives from 50 arts and cultural organizations from around the state met with candidates in multiple, small group, sit-down meetings. On July 15, the Coalition hosted the historic Gubernatorial Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity, the first-ever gubernatorial debate about arts and culture. The Forum was held at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester and attended by 500 artists, cultural leaders, and members of the public.  Candidates Don Berwick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Evan Falchuk, Mark Fisher, Treasurer Steve Grossman, and Jeff McCormick answered questions from moderator Joyce Kulhawik and arts leaders from around the state. A video of the Forum is available here.

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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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