Gubernatorial Candidates to Participate in First Ever Statewide Debate on Arts, Culture, and Creativity


Six gubernatorial candidates for Governor will meet on July 15th at Worcester’s Hanover Theatre to discuss and debate the role and priority that arts and culture will play in their administration.

The first ever statewide debate focused on the arts is sponsored by MASSCreative and Create the Vote, a coalition of more than 250 arts and cultural institutions across the Commonwealth.

“Over the next four months, the race to elect the next Governor of Massachusetts will provide candidates and voters the opportunity to discuss the strengths and challenges of the Commonwealth and debate how we can strengthen the economy, improve our schools, and make our communities healthier and safer,” said Matt Wilson, Director of MASSCreative. “Working with this broad statewide coalition, Create the Vote is going to ensure that arts, culture, and creativity are part of this important debate and discussion.” 

This Forum will be a signature event of the campaign where the candidates will have the opportunity to discuss their vision for arts and culture in the Commonwealth. The event, moderated by Emmy Award-winning Arts & Entertainment Critic Joyce Kulhawik and co-sponsored by 250+ organizations, will be held July 15 from 6-7:30 PM at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester. A reception for the entire creative community will be held beforehand at 4:30 PM. come early to network and catch up with your creative peers from across the state.

You can RSVP here.

Over the past three months, arts leaders have received questionnaires and have sat down face to face with the gubernatorial candidates to share views about the arts and cultural sector.

During the Boston Mayoral Election, our Create the Vote Forum was the largest candidate debate of the campaign season. Join the statewide creative community to help make the July Forum another highlight in the governor’s race. We know that arts matter, not just to you, but to everyone in the Commonwealth. By working together, we can make sure that the next governor of Massachusetts is a true champion of the arts. 

Please help spread the word to your colleagues, supporters, friends, and family: 

Send an email to your colleagues and supporters. 
Post on social media. See our samples.

If you have pictures representing arts, culture, and creativity in the Commonwealth, we’ll include them in our slide show at the forum. Send your pictures to Drew, [email protected]


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