Ivelisse Gonzalez's Response to the Arts & Culture Questionnaire

1. Personal Connection
Springfield is blessed with a rich mix of arts and cultural organizations.  Please name two places where you have had personally significant arts and/or cultural experiences.  How have these organizations positively affected your life?

2. Addressing Citywide Issues
Can you provide examples on how you would integrate the arts, culture, and creative community in solving social problems such as safety in the downtown district?  

3. An Arts Destination
While Springfield is growing as a community, the city has yet to fully leverage the strength of our arts, culture, and creative community as a means for branding and attracting residents, employees, and visitors.  How would you utilize our community to make Springfield a place where people want to live, work, play, and visit?

4. Your Priorities
When elected, what actions will you take to provide support and resources to the creative community?

I will give you one whole answer to your questions. There are many people from child to adult that will love their art to be display, but most of the time is hard. We have many different cultures and it will be very nice if we can have a place where everyone can display a little of each culture to be share. We have the Symphony Hall but I do think that we need little theaters or cafes where our artist can go and express themselves. Our kids most of them are very artistic, we need to create more places where they can go study free of charge or with minimal fee, to give them a place where to express what it’s learn and show the public. Accessibility to show art is important, my father is a painter, I have some of his creations he always inspire us to look into every art and every culture to broaden our knowledge, you see little kids learn faster by arts and music, and that is a fact. Unfortunately, there is always money allocated for other things and no one think on the arts. We are having a new casino that should invest in giving a place for art, culture and local artist, to inspire our youth to produce, imagine and create. I am also involve in The Freddie Moreno Art Legacy, a very good friend of mine that we work hard to bring culture to our Hispanic people and I am very proud of his legacy.  I love all the creativity I have seen in the last couple of months like the painting of those electric boxes, the glass figures underneath the train on Dwight St that is art and things like this should be promoted.

Thank you.


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