Sample Forum Questions

  • Several of you have outlined plans to invigorate and refocus city arts policy to build a more vibrant and connected city. What three specific actions would you take in your first 100 days as Mayor to provide support and resources to the creative community?

  • Medford is blessed with a rich mix of arts & cultural organizations. Please name two places in the city where you have had personally significant arts and or cultural experiences.

  • All of you agree that arts education is an integral part of a student’s education. What policies would you implement to ensure that arts education is an integral part of a student’s education?

  • Several candidates have identified other cities that could serve as results-oriented models for increased support for Medford’s creative community. What city do you look to and what specific initiatives would you adapt for Medford?

  • The City recently decided to allocate $30,0000 to next year’s budget for the Medford Arts Council. Yet, this falls short of the grant needs and program requests the Medford Art Council receives each year. Please identify how you would grow the arts budget for the city.

  • What are the two most important steps you would take as mayor to make  Medford a more attractive place to live, work, and thrive for individual artists of all disciplines, artists-run organizations or projects, and small or micro arts organization with SMALL budgets?

  • We need a champion for the arts. Please finish the sentence: “I ask for your vote as a champion of the arts because__________!


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