Globe editorial board: Art matters!

There’s nothing like a prominent mention in a meaty editorial in the Boston Globe to cement an item onto the city’s political agenda. That’s why we were so happy to read yesterday’s editorial endorsing two candidates for Tuesday’s preliminary mayoral election in Boston.

Extolling the ideas that have come from a campaign focused on a “pro-growth agenda,” the editorial board noted: “Boston can leverage its historic institutions and appealing quality of life to make a larger imprint in the world of ideas, business, arts, and human relations.”

Through our Create the Vote campaign to raise the issues of arts, culture, and creativity in the mayor’s race, we have pushed the message to candidates that art matters: Arts and culture builds community. It drives our economy. It improves academic performance. It makes our neighborhoods safer and stronger.

There is simply no question that the arts should be valued, as the Globe editorial put it, alongside the world of ideas, business and human relations.

More practically, as the Globe wrote, nearly every candidate in the race has embraced long overdue civic reforms that would improve arts and culture in the city: “opening schools for community arts shows [and] creating one-stop permitting for civic events.”

Arts, culture, and creativity are inextricably linked to the success of our schools and our economy, and we are heartened that others are also making these connections—and holding candidates accountable for their views.

In endorsing former Boston School Committee member John Barros as one of its picks for Tuesday’s preliminary election, the Globe cited Barros’s call for the “creation of more neighborhood business districts.” We know from our conversations with Barros that he sees community-based arts organizations as critical to neighborhood development initiatives.

The Globe also praised its second endorsee for next Tuesday, City Councilor John Connolly, for his appreciation of “greater City Hall involvement in the arts to cultivate more vibrant entertainment districts downtown and throughout the city.”

We agree that the future of the city of Boston is dependent upon a robust arts, culture, and creative community. And if you agree, we hope you’ll sign up to be an arts voter—and let the candidates know that art matters.

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