Turning out the arts vote


Since 2013, MASSCreative’s Create the Vote coalition has brought together Massachusetts candidates and voters to discuss the ways that arts and creative expression connect and engage us, improve schools, strengthen local business districts, and build vibrant neighborhoods. Through candidate questionnaires, sit-down meetings, forums, and our annual online day of action #ArtsMatterDay, the creative community has demonstrated that arts matter in Massachusetts. 

This fall, MASSCreative worked with artists and cultural organizations in Melrose and Waltham to engage candidates and voters around the role arts and culture play in building strong communities. On #ArtsMatterDay, these local Create the Vote coalitions took to social media and their local papers to educate voters about the mayoral candidates’ stances on arts and culture.

MASSCreative also encouraged the creative community to utilize its networks to get out the arts vote. MASSCreative published a Social Media Toolkit with resources for organizations and individuals to remind voters to turn out to the polls. By reminding people to vote, members of the creative community engaged in the simplest, nonpartisan action to help increase voter engagement and turnout. Civic engagement is naturally embedded into the work of creative community - thank you to all who voted, reminded people to vote, and engage others in civic dialogue through your work.


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