Candidate Forum

Create the Vote Forum Questions

Several of you have outlined plans to invigorate and refocus statewide arts policy to help build a more vibrant and connected district. What three specific actions would you take in your term to provide support and resources to the creative community?

The district is blessed with a rich mix of arts & cultural organizations. Please name two places in the district where you have had personally significant arts and or cultural experiences.

All of you agree that arts education is an integral part of a student’s education. What policies would you help implement to ensure that arts education is an integral part of a student’s education?

After three years of flat funding, the Massachusetts legislature approved its first increase to the Mass Cultural Council at $16 million. In 1988, the Mass Cultural Council gave out more than $27 million in grants. Please identify how you would grow the arts budget for the state.

What are the two most important steps you would take as mayor to make the district a more attractive place to live, work, and thrive for individual artists of all disciplines, artists-run organizations or projects, and small or micro arts organization with SMALL budgets?

We need a champion for the arts. Please finish the sentence: “I ask for your vote as a champion of the arts because__________!"

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