CTVMA seeks to support and develop a network of arts leaders that share our vision for arts and culture and who want to be in sustained advocacy for the sector. CTVMA works under these understandings:

  • Uniting in a shared, clear strategy for 2022 statewide elections
  • Centering historically marginalized and minoritized voices
  • Leaning into a unified grass-roots presence
  • Building advocacy and organizing capacity within the arts and cultural community

Through a shared leadership model, the Create the Vote Coalition centers the voices of those who have been historically marginalized and left out of cultural policy development. In partnership with artists, creative workers, educators and arts supporters we are building an advocacy force from the grassroots that reflects the needs of the full creative and cultural community.  

Throughout this election season, we will be engaging candidates about the impact that arts, culture and creativity has on our economy, on developing youth, on the health and well-being of residents, and how much greater this impact could be with more intentional leadership and investment. Our primary goals are to increase the visibility of the arts and cultural sector with MA residents and voters, engage statewide candidates on cultural policy issues, and increase voter participation in the upcoming statewide elections.

We invite you to join the Create the Vote MA Coalition in our shared work.


Create the Vote MA is made possible thanks in part to support from the Barr Foundation.

Create the Vote Coalition Members

Member Organizations:



Nicole Agois, Open Door Arts, Managing Director, Greater Boston
John Andrews, Creative Collective, Founder, North of Boston
Rich Ardizzone, Joy of Music, Associate Director, Worcester/Central MA
Chelsea Aquino, Museum of Science, Senior Governor Relations Officer, Greater Boston
Candida Rose Baptista, Independent Musician, South Coast
Erin Becker, Cambridge Art Association, Norma Jean Calderwood Director, Greater Boston
Blair Benjamin, MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists Program, Director, Assets for Artists, Berkshires
Jazzmin Bonner, StageSource, Program Manager, Greater Boston
Emily Borababy, Celebrity Series of Boston, Chief Advancement Officer, Metro Boston
Bridget Brazeau, Greater Boston
Jo Broderick, Montserrat College of Art, Chief of Staff, North of Boston
Jamie Brody, Jewish Arts Collaborative, Collaborations Director, Greater Boston
Sara Brookner, Celebrity Series of Boston, Associate Director of Institutional Giving, Metro Boston
Debra Cash, Boston Dance Alliance, Executive Director, Greater Boston
Matt Chapuran, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Executive Director Metro Boston
Tia Cole, Creative Collective, Community Engagement, North of Boston
J Cottle, Dunamis, Executive Director, Metro Boston
Julia Csekö, Visual Artist/Independent Curator/Educator, Greater Boston
Jennifer DeAngelis, Greater Boston
Ruth Dinerman, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Manager of Foundation Relations, Metro Boston
Gary Dunning, Celebrity Series of Boston, President and Executive Director, Metro Boston
Carrie Eldridge-Dickson, Shelter Music Boston, Managing Director, Greater Boston
Lauren Elias, Greater Boston
Christine Ernst, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Director of Education, Cape and Islands
Kaitlyn Farmer, Raw Art Works, Community Engagement Manager, North of Boston
Karen Finn, Springfield Cultural Partnership, Executive Director, Greater Springfield
Geena Forristall, StageSource, Membership Manager/Internship Coordinator, Greater Boston
Lucy Friedman-Bell, Metro Boston
Eleanor Gayhart, Greater Boston
Lynn Gervens, Mudflat Pottery School, Executive Director, Greater Boston
Scarlett Hoey, New England Museum Association, Membership and Development Manager, Metro West
Morgan Holland, Springfield Cultural Partnership, Director of Programs, Greater Springfield
Joel Jaquez, Embrace Boston, Associate Director of Policy and Partnerships, Greater Boston
Kim Jones, Strongstyle Coffee Roasters, Owner and operator, North of Boston
Arielle Kaplan, Creative Collective, Operations, North of Boston
Chris Kazarian, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cape and Islands
David Kuehn, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Executive Director, Cape and Islands
Kate Kuligowski, Mudflat Pottery School, Marketing and Communications Director, Greater Boston
Annie Labins, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Marketing Manager, Cape and Islands
Jen Lewis, StageSource, Executive Director, Greater Boston
Gregory Liakos, Greater Boston
Laura Mandel, Jewish Arts Collaborative, Executive Director, Greater Boston
Lesley Marchessault, Provincetown Art Assoc. & Museum, Chief Development Officer, Cape and Islands
Ana Masacote, Dance to Power, Founder, North of Boston
Linda Matys O’Connell, MIFA Victory Theatre, Govt & Community Relations Coordinator, Greater Springfield
Molly Merrihew, WAM Theatre, Managing Director, Berkshires
Marissa Molinar, Midday Movement Series, Director, Greater Boston
Abigail Norman, Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, Executive Director, Greater Boston
Cliff Notez, HipStory, Metro Boston
John Quatrale, Unbound Visual Arts, Executive Director, Greater Boston
Heather Riggs, New England Museum Association, Director of Administration, Metro West
Karen Ristuben, Essex County Community Foundation, Program Director, Creative County Initiative, North of Boston
Lia Russell-Self, Artist and Connector, Berkshires
Leland Stein, Regent Theatre, Co-owner, Greater Boston
Karthik Subramanian, Company One Theatre, Co-Executive Director, Greater Boston
Ann Teixeira, New England Philharmonic, Greater Boston
Lisa Urovitch, Museum of Science, Government Relations Director, Greater Boston
Hank Von Hellion, Worcester PopUp, Managing Director, Worcester/Central MA
Julie Wake, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Executive Director, Cape and Islands
Margeaux Weber, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Director of Development, Cape and Islands
Trudy Williams, Hampshire County
Roberta Wilmore, Make it Springfield, Executive Director, Greater Springfield
Meg Winikates, New England Museum Association, Director of Engagement, Metro West
Cynthia Woo, BCNC/Pao Arts Center, Director Pao Arts Center, Greater Boston
Rosemary Woods, Greater Springfield
Dan Yaeger, New England Museum Association, Executive Director, Metro West



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