Legislative candidates weigh in on statewide discussion on arts & culture


In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the Create the Vote coalition will continue engaging the candidates on arts and cultural issues by sending them our questionnaire and setting up community meetings. We continue to hear back from candidates for MA House and Senate seats about their priorities for arts and culture in their district. Check out the highlights from the latest responses

"According to their own description, the Cape Cod Conservatory has been a vibrant part of the Cape Cod community for over half a century. They state that they offer instruction in all major instrument groups, vocal instruction and classes in art, dance and photography. They also say that the cater to all ages, all stages. Moreover, they help to provide a personalized pathway to the Arts."

- Ronald Beaty Jr (R), Candidate for State Senate, Cape & Islands


“The 8th Plymouth District is made up of the towns of Bridgewater and Raynham and is fortunate to have a robust arts and cultural presence across the district. Bridgewater State University, my alma mater, hosts a wide variety of cultural events including guest speakers, art shows, dance performances, musical acts and other events focused on drawing attention to the arts not only for the students of Bridgewater State University but also for the residents of the district. The university has done a remarkable job reaching out to and inviting community members to partake in the cultural events there and as the State Representative representing the 8th Plymouth I will work diligently on efforts to expand the arts presence within the district whenever possible.”

- Joseph Pacheco (D), Candidate for State House, 8th Plymouth


“I was fortunate to contribute to fund-raising and planning for a program that permitted two hundred fifty high school students to attend master classes with members of the Broadway cast of “Wicked”. The students studied vocal technique, ensemble performance, choreography, makeup, and special effects. Seven visiting artists provided a connection to Broadway through workshops in dance, audition techniques, scene study, and theater photography. Members of the band and chorus rehearsed with the Boston show’s musical director. The program ended with an evening concert featuring student performers and a faculty choir.  There wasn’t an empty seat in the house.”

- Karen Spiewak (D), Candidate for State House, 6th Worcester



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