List of Signer on the Invitation

Download a pdf version of the letter and complete list of signers here.

Dear Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts,

We invite you to participate in a discussion and debate the evening of July 15th about the role arts, culture, and creativity play in the vibrancy and development of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

As 250 leaders representing the Massachusetts creative community through the Create the Vote coalition, we are eager to learn what role you believe the new Governor should play in driving arts and cultural policy and supporting the work of the sector.

The Create the Vote 2014 Gubernatorial Forum on Arts, Culture and Creativity will be held at 6:00 PM on July 15th at The Hanover Theatre of the Performing Arts in Worcester. We expect attendance from leaders and supporters from across the Commonwealth’s creative community.

Please RSVP to Matt Wilson, Executive Director of MASSCreative at [email protected] or 617-350-7610.

Thank you for your consideration and your engagement in what will be an exciting discussion. 

Matt Wilson    

Executive Director, MASSCreative

Writing for leaders of the Commonwealth’s arts, cultural, and creative community listed below.


The non-partisan, MASSCreative-led Create the Vote 2014 Coalition is 100+ creative organizations and leaders working together to make sure the next governor of Massachusetts is a champion of the arts. Through our programs and outreach, the Coalition works to educate candidates and voters on the impact that arts, culture and creativity have on communities across the Commonwealth.

Founded in 2012, MASSCreative works with creative leaders and entrepreneurs, working artists, arts educators, and arts and cultural supporters to empower creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice to advocate for the resources and support necessary to build vibrant and connected communities.


Gregory Hutchins David Zoffoli Catalina Arrubla
Treasurer Executive Director Executive Director
Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council Creative Haverhill Multi-Arts. Inc
Sara Stackhouse Robert Nash Shelley Neill
Executive Producer Executive Director Executive Director
Actors' Shakespeare Project Cultural Center of Cape Cod Multicultural Arts Center
Megan Hinckley Lauren Wolk Beverly A. Morgan-Welch
Director of Development Associate Director Executive Director
American Repertory Theater Cultural Center of Cape Cod Museum of African American History
Anna Fitzloff Susan Halter Malcolm Rogers
Director of Marketing and Communications Director Ann and Graham Gund Director
American Repertory Theater Cultural Organization of Lowell Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Robert Lynch Megan Whilden Maria Bentoti
President and CEO Director Artistic/Executive Director
Americans for the Arts Cultural Pittsfield Music at Eden's Edge
Joan Temkin J Gustavo Aziza Robinson-Goodnight
Acting Director Board President Managing Partner
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Dorchester Arts Council Musikavahnu Arts Gallery
Elaine Clements Troy Thompson Patrick Norton
Executive Director CEO Executive Director
Andover Historical Society Daedal Creations, Inc. Narrows Center for the Arts
Danielle Fauteux Jacques Katherine French Edmund Barry Gaither
Artistic Director Executive Director Executive Director
Apollinaire Theatre Company Danforth Art Museum National Center of Afro-American Artists
Donna Blanchard Sam Aquillano Peter Nessen
Executive Director Executive Director President
Apple Tree Arts Design Museum Boston Nessen Associates, Ltd
Sarah Berry Matthew Glassman Noelle Foye
Program Manager Executive Director Executive Director
Art Connection Double Edge Theatre New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!
Susan Collings Dr. Ricky S. Stern Sara Bookin-Weiner
Executive Director Executive Director Manager of Outreach
Art Connection "e"  inc. New Center for Arts and Culture
Stacey Frates Joe Cox Bud Ris
Executive Director President President and Chief Executive Officer
Art on Center EcoTarium New England Aquarium
Jo Ann Rothschild Laura Perille Dan Yaeger
Artist Executive Director Executive Director
  EdVestors New England Museum Association
Susan Rodgerson  
Executive/Artistic Director Abigail Norman Timothy D. Alexander
Artists for Humanity Director Treasurer
  Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts New England Philharmonic
Liora Beer    
Executive Director Kelly Bates Bridget O'Leary
Artmorpheus Executive Director Associate Artistic Director
  Elma Lewis Center/Emerson College New Repertory Theatre
James Grace    
Executive Director Priscilla Kane Hellweg Harriet Sheets
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston Executive Artistic Director Managing Director
  Enchanted Circle Theater New Repertory Theatre
Jean Butler    
President Don Packer Debra J'Anthony
Arts Are Essential, Inc. Owner/Partner Executive Director
  EngineRoomEdit Northampton Academy of Music
Barbara Schaffer Bacon  
President Alexandra Kennedy Penny Burke
Arts Extension Institute, Inc. Executive Director Executive Director
  Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Northampton Center for the Arts
Dee Boyle-Clapp  
Director Susan Bergmann Jim Donahue
Arts Extension Service Executive Director President and CEO
  Falmouth Artists Guild Old Sturbridge Village
Kevin Howard  
President & CEO Kelly Brilliant Ted Cutler
Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Executive Director  Chairman
  Fenway Alliance  Outside The Box
Steve Syverson  
President Mary Kelley Christine McCarthy
Arts League of Lowell Principal Executive Director
  Field Organization Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Catherine Peterson  
Executive Director Monica Hinojos Sarah Smongeski
ArtsBoston Creative Consultant Executive Director
  Fireseed Arts Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester
Bob Orchard    
Executive Director Eugene Finney Dan Hogan
ArtsEmerson Director of Marketing and Community Relations Executive Director
  Fitchburg Art Museum Passim
Juliet Feibel    
Executive Director William McSheehy Julie Lichtenberg
ArtsWorcester Vice President Director
  Fitchburg Cultural Alliance Performance Project
Jonathan Rappaport  
Executive Director Jennifer Jones Ellie Donovan
Arts|Learning President Executive Director
  Fitchburg Cultural Alliance Plimoth Plantation
Ellen S. Church  
General Manager Susan Navarre Eugenia Ware
Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Inc. Executive Director Board Chair
  Fitchburg Historical Society Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra
Jeff Poulos   Mariama White-Hammond
Executive Director James Bickford Executive Director
Associated Grant Makers Co-Founder Project HIP-HOP
Mim Fawcett   Roxanna Myhrum
Executive Director Emily O’Neil Artistic Director
Attleboro Arts Museum  Executive Director Puppet Showplace Theatre
  Fort Point Arts Community
Lisa Thompson Gail Carberry
Associate Director Barbara Guertin President
Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. Managing Director Quinsigamond Community College
  4th Wall Stage Company
Tristan Wilson Jennifer Montbach
Managing Director John Stagnone Artistic Director
Barrington Stage Company President Radius Ensemble
  Friends of the State Theatre
Debi Kennedy Kit Jenkins
President and CEO Laura Cannata Executive Director
Berkshire Chorale Festival Development Manager, Institutional Giving Raw Art Works
  From the Top
Diane Pearlman Steven Smith
Executive Director Jennifer Hurley-Wales Executive Director
Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative Co-CEO, Executive Producer Revels, Inc
  From the Top
Van W. Shields Phil Sellers
Executive Director Malia Lazu Owner
Berkshire Museum Executive Director River Hill Pottery
  Future Boston Alliance
Laurie Werner Tony Beadle
Director of Advancement Eve Bridburg Executive Director
Berkshire Museum Executive Director Rockport Music
Larry Murray Matt Bruffee
Editor/Publisher Marie-Helene Bernard President
Berkshire on Stage and Screen Executive Director and CEO Rogue Theatre Company, Inc.
  Handel and Haydn Society
Susie Norris   Jesse Brackenbury
Development Officer Troy Siebels Executive Director
Berkshire School Executive Director Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
  Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
John Yannis   Gary LaParl
President and General Manager Mary Ryall Managing Director
Blue Heron Renaissance Choir, Inc. Executive Director Salem Theatre Company
  Happy Tonics, Inc.
Joanna Fink   Timothy Merton
President Matthew Pollock Director
Boston Art Dealers Association Executive Director Sarasa Ensemble
Anne Clark Dillon Bustin Christopher Bratton
Headmaster Artistic Director President
Boston Arts Academy Hibernian Hall School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Rick Tagliaferri Anne Thalheimer Bert Snow
Executive Director Treasurer Coordinator
Boston Arts Academy Foundation Holyoke Cultural Council Sculpture at Maudslay
Mikko Nissinen Kelly Grill Tony Simotes
Artistic Director Executive Director Artistic Director
Boston Ballet Hopkinton Center for the Arts Shakespeare & Company
Miguel A. Rodriguez Jamie Gahlon Julie Leven
Executive Director Associate Director Executive and Artistic Director
Boston Baroque HowlRound Shelter Music Boston
Veronique LeMelle Lauren Elias Karen Totman
President & CEO Managing Director Executive Director
Boston Center for the Arts Hub Theatre Company of Boston Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program
Ben Hires Michael Maso Beth Gerstein
Director of Programs Managing Director Executive Director
Boston Children's Chorus Huntington Theatre Company Society of Arts and Crafts
Charlayne Murrell-Smith Vanessa Snow Gregory Jenkins
VP External Relations Manager of Organizing & Policy Initiatives Director
Boston Children's Museum Hyde Square Task Force Somerville Arts Council
Kim Haack Elizabeth Pabon-Szebeda Wendy Blom
Director of External Relations Director of Arts Executive Director
Boston Conservatory IBA - Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion Somerville Community Access Television
Ruth Birnberg Vanessa Calderon-Rosado Amit Dixit
Executive Director Chief Executive Officer Executive Director
Boston Dance Alliance IBA--Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion South Asian Arts Council
Jay Calderin Susan Randazzo Sarah Hannan
Founder and Executive Director Executive Director Executive Director
Boston Fashion Week Indian Hill Music South Shore Art Center
Craig Coogan Linda White Kathy Czerny
Executive Director President President and CEO
Boston Gay Men's Chorus Inkberry, Inc. South Shore Conservatory
Sam Potrykus Jill Medvedow Paul Daigneault
Co-Director Ellen Matilda Poss Director Producing Artistic Director
Boston Hassle Arts Organization Institute of Contemporary Art SpeakEasy Stage Company
Caitlin Kenney Hope Sullivan Julie Hennrikus
Managing Editor of Art Blast Executive Director Executive Director
Boston Hassle Arts Organization IS183, Art School of the Berkshires StageSource
Jaymie Saks Stephanie Burke Sachiko Isihara
Executive Director President Board of Directors Executive Director
Boston Jewish Film Festival Merrimack Valley Time Exchange Suzuki School of Newton, Inc.
Joey Baron Connie C. Chin Allison Francis
Executive Director General Manager Executive Artistic Director 
Boston Jewish Music Festival Jacob's Pillow Dance Theater Offensive 
Harron Ellenson Pauline Bilsky Jerry Wedge
Executive Director Executive Director Executive Director
Boston Landmark Orchestra JazzBoston The Umbrella
Esther Nelson Jeffrey Ellis Christina Piscitelli
General & Artistic Director Principal Owner
Boston Lyric Opera Jeph Ellis Image Maker Tina Telli Productions
Pat Hollenbeck Jose Mateo Cherie Mittenthal
President Director & President Executive Director
Boston Musicians’ Association Jose Mateo Ballet theatre Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill
Robert Couture Rich Ardizzone Lisa Davol
Vice President Associate Director Director
Boston Musicians' Association Joy of Music Turners Falls RiverCulture
Lynn Shane Joyce Kulhawik Debra A. Wise
Executive Director Emmy Award winning A & E Critic Artistic Director
Boston Singers' Resources JoycesChoices Underground Railway Theater
Ryan Losey John Horan Kippy Dewey
Director of Foundation and Government Relations Executive Director Executive Director
Boston Symphony Orchestra Jubilate Chorale Urban Improv
Joyce Kulhawik Susan L. Smith Betsi Graves
TV's Emmy Award Winning Arts and Entertainment Critic Co-Founder Executive Director
Boston Theater Critics Association, President Kreisau Project Urbanity Dance
Ty Furman Karen Hasenfus Stella McGregor
Managing Director, BU Arts Initiative Operations and Events Manager Executive and Artistic Director
Boston University Larz Anderson Auto Museum Urbano Project
Richard Maloney Barbara Brown Jason Turgeon
Assistant Director Executive Director Arts Organizer
Boston University Arts Administration Program Lawrence History Center USEPA
Cameron Sawzin Polly Carpenter Bronwen Hodgkinson
Chellist/ Executive Director Program Director Publisher
Boston Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra Learning by Design Valley Arts Newsletter
Jennifer Lecoq Mauch Lisa Barr Tom Saupe
Development Officer Executive Director Director
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Longwood Symphony Orchestra ValleyCAST
Chiara Marsoner Spiro Veloudos Nam Pham
Marketing Specialist Producing Artistic Director Executive Director
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Lyric Stage Company Viet Aid
Ron Mallis LZ Nunn Charles Washburn
Director Principal Executive Director
BostonAPP/Lab LZ Nunn Consulting VSA Massachusetts
Eileen Byrne Deanna Elliot Teri Bernert
Executive Director Executive Director Executive Director
Brush Art Gallery & Studios Marble Collection Waterfront Historic Area League
Jason Weeks David Nathans Matthew Patrick
Executive Director Executive Director Executive Director
Cambridge Arts Council Martha's Vineyard Museum Westport River Watershed Alliance
Terry Byrne Karen Heymann Susan Newman
Director of Development Legislative Director Chair
Cambridge Center for Adult Education Massachusetts Audubon Society West Springfield Arts Council
Margaret Lazarus David Tebaldi Wendy Lement
Executive Director Executive Director Producer
Cambridge Documentary Films, Inc. Mass Humanities Wheelock Family Theatre
Elizabeth Bacon William Belcher Matthias Waschek
Founding Director, Worcester's Blackstone Canal Horse and Wagon Tours Director of Development Director
Canal District Alliance MASS MoCA Worcester Art Museum
Elaine Lipton Laurin Macios Honee Hess
Executive Director Program Director Executive Director
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Inc. Mass Poetry Worcester Center for Crafts
Gary Dunning Robert Chambers Tracy Kraus
President & Executive Director Executive Director of Government and Community Relations Executive Director
Celebrity Series of Boston Massachusetts College of Art and Design Worcester Chamber Music Society
David Lavalley Kay Sloan Erin Williams
Executive Director Board of Directors Executive Director
Center for Arts in Natick  Massachusetts College of Art and Design Worcester Cultural Coalition
Catherine Carr-Kelly Tracie Konopinski Bill Wallace
Executive Director Senior Campaign Organizer Executive Director
Central Square Theater MASSCreative Worcester Historical Museum
Jennifer Johnson Jonathan Secor Mel Cobb
Co-Director Director Producing Artistic Director
Charlestown Working Theater MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Worcester Shakespeare Company
Donna Hassler Elizabeth Barker Robert Smyth
Executive Director Director President
Chesterwood Mead Art Museum at Amherst College Yellow Moon Press
Josiah Spaulding Jean Mineo Maryalice Sloan-Howitt
President & CEO Chair Executive Director
Citi Performing Arts Center Medfield Cultural Council Young Audiences
Larry Coen Katherine DiMarca Viraphanh Douangmany
Artistic Director Interim General Humanities Chair Board Co-chair
City Stage Co. Of Boston Middlesex Community College Youth Action Coalition
Steve Mailer Sara M John Linehan
Founding Artistic Director Director of Marketing President & CEO
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Midway Channel Gallery Zoo New England
Eryn Johnson Don Saunders Madeleine Steczynski
Executive Director Executive Artistic Director Founder & Executive Director
Community Art Center MIFA Victory Theatre ZUMIX
Brent Parrish MMK Litworks Nina Eichner
Director of Development Principal  Painter
Community Music Center of Boston MMKLitworks
    Mark Hanson
Carol J. Sohn Lisa Rafferty Artist
Board President Playwright-director-producer
Concord Orchestra MOMologues Productions Andrea Humphrey
    Arts Educator
Crispin Weinberg Jo Broderick  
President Dean of College Relations June Krinsky-Rudder
Coolidge Corner Community Chorus Montserrat College of Art Artist/Art Educator
Suzan Redgate Morocco Flowers David Skillicorn
Executive Director Artist Artist/Art Educator
Copley Society of Art Morocco Flowers Photographic Art
    Cecilia Yudin
David Kuehn Lynn Gervens Musician
Executive Director Executive Director
Cotuit Center for the Arts Mudflat Pottery School





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commented 2014-07-13 00:17:47 -0400 · Flag
This is so important to our culture, yes our varied cultures – inorder to educate each other through the arts of our differences and our so similar lives. Please support this event.

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