Pablo Maia's Response to the Arts & Culture Questionnaire

Your Personal Connection
We've all had defining moments in our lives. What personal experience with arts, culture, or creativity has had an impact on your life and your view of the community? 

I think Framingham is a City that shows a lot of respect for the residents, no matter where they from, their religion or race. We have people from all over the world, each of them have their own culture, and Framingham absorbs this naturally. In my opinion, this is what makes a city a great place to live and brings people together.

Arts and Culture in the City
Framingham is blessed with a rich mix of arts and cultural organizations. Please describe one or two significant arts and or cultural experiences you have had here recently. 

One of my experiences with Framingham Arts was at Amazing Things. They brought an America singer who did his presentation with Brazilian music. At that day, I noticed that they do not have differences about race, color, language, etc.

Another moment that I feel proud of Framingham is that every Friday on Edge Road, they have live music free, where they show freedom of speech and the sense of community that can be passed to all of us. 


Addressing Citywide Issues
Can you provide examples on how you would integrate the arts, culture, and creative community in helping to improve multicultural relations in the city? Given the economic impact of our arts and cultural organizations on the local community, how would you strengthen our creative economy?

I think we should have a place that would be able to accommodate at least five thousand people in one event. A place that could be charged at the front door or could be free, depending on the event and sponsors. Something like the Hatch Shell in Boston. Where you can have fireworks on the Fourth of July or a local theater group from one of our schools. All we must do is find the land for it, I am sure sponsors will come, and talent - we have enough. 

An Arts Destination
While Framingham 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 Framingham a place where people want to live, work, play, and visit?

One of my ideas is to change South of Framingham to the cultural side of the city. The reason for that is because on the north of Framingham we already have Shoppers World and the Natick Mall. I think it is very difficult to compete with these giant companies, and this a chance to direct visitors, students and residents to integrate the north and south of Framingham. 

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