Arts Are Present at Parties' Political Conventions


For the first time ever, the arts community had a presence at the annual Republican and Democratic Conventions in Massachusetts.

The conventions held this spring by both parties bring together thousands of local delegates who coordinate political activity in their towns. These leaders drive the grassroots work to push both candidates and issues in their town.

“Reaching out to delegates in the parties at their convention gives us the opportunity to tell our stories of the impact of the creative community to the people who drive grassroots politics and issues across the state,” said Matt Wilson, Executive Director of MASSCreative. “Showing the delegates and the candidates for Governor that arts matter is a key step towards bringing more resources and support to the creative community.”

In March, MASSCreative handed out thousands of leaflets to Republican delegates who nominated Charlie Baker as their nominee for Governor this fall. MASSCreative followed up that work with a sit down meeting with Baker and 12 leaders of the creative community to talk policy.

Three weeks ago in Worcester, a dozen MASSCreative staff and volunteers blanketed the Democratic Convention there with leaflets to delegates and candidates alike.

Youth and staff from ZUMIX, an organization serving under resources youth and neighborhoods in East Boston, recruited 200 delegates to sign the ‘Arts Matter’ pledge which urges candidates to include arts in their campaign platforms. ZUMIX youth also took videos and photo petitions of delegates as they talked about why arts mattered to them.

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