Create the Vote 2014: Working to Encourage the Next Governor of          Massachusetts to be a Champion of the Arts

As the Commonwealth embarks on nine months of discussion and debate about the next Governor, MASSCreative will be working with the creative community to make sure the new Governor is a true champion of the arts.

Through the Gubernatorial campaign every four years, voters get the chance to bring up the strengths and weaknesses of the Commonwealth and our visions for the next 5-10 years. Historically, the issues of arts and culture have not been a part of that discussion.

But we’re going to change that this year. On February 11th, a group of creative leaders from across the Commonwealth met to discuss plans for Create the Vote – 2014, a non-partisan grassroots campaign to inject arts and culture into the Governor’s campaign. Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development of the City of Pittsfield, Monica Hinojos, from Fireseed Arts in Framingham, Joyce Kulhawik form Joyce’s Choices and Sara Stackhouse from the Boston Based Actor’s Shakespeare Company were some of the key leaders present to help shape and develop the campaign outreach and education strategy.

Create the Vote 2014 will work with leaders of the creative community to spark a robust public debate within the 2014 campaign around the necessity of the arts, and the necessity of public investment and support in the cultural and creative sector.

The campaign will build off of the momentum of the Create the Vote Boston campaign, which resulted in the election of Mayor Marty Walsh, who has already delivered on one of his campaign promises to create a cabinet-level arts commissioner for the city of Boston.

Over the next few months, MASSCreative will hold regional meetings across the Commonwealth to provide organizations with the tools they need to engage in the campaign. If you are interested in engaging your organization and constituencies in the statewide Create the Vote campaign, please contact senior organizer Tracie Konopinski at [email protected].

The campaign will distribute questionnaires to the candidates, holding regional sit-down meetings with them, and organizing a statewide arts forum to hear the candidate's views on arts and cultural issues.

We will also urge Massachusetts Voters to become “Arts Voters” and pledge to consider candidate’s position on arts and culture when they vote for the next Governor of the Commonwealth.

The following candidates are running:

Charlie Baker
Mark Fisher
Joseph Avellone
Donald Berwick
Martha Coakley
Steve Grossman
Juliette Kayyem 
Evan Falchuk
Scott Douglas Lively 
Jeffrey McCormick
Mark your calendars for the key events of the campaign:

March and April:
Regional Meetings to kick off local campaign work. Dates and locations TBA.
Mar – June:
Statewide kick-off. Date and locations TBA.
Outreach to candidates and sit down meetings in the regions.
Party conventions:
  • GOP: March 23 in Boston
  • Democrats: June 12-13 in Worcester
September 9: Primary Election
November 5: Election Day

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