State Rep Denise Provost submits Create the Vote questionnaire about role of the arts in Somerville 


BOSTON, October 3―MASSCreative announces today that State Representative Denise Provost has submitted answers to the Create the Vote questionnaire about their views on the role that arts and culture should play in civic life in the 27th Middlesex district.
The questionnaire can be read online here: http://www.mass-creative.org/provostresponse2016
The Create the Vote questionnaire has been distributed to every candidate running for state legislative office this year, and it seeks information from candidates about the role that arts and culture currently plays in their district; ideas they have for using art to spur economic development and address social problems; and whether they support increased public investment in the arts through the Massachusetts Cultural Council and passage of a Percent for Art Program in the Commonwealth.
“Elections provide an opportunity to discuss the strengths of our cities and the challenges they face,” said Matt Wilson, executive director of MASSCreative. “While candidates spend lots of time talking about jobs, the economy, and education, they rarely talk about arts and culture. Yet the role that arts and culture plays in our local economies, in student education, and in strengthening our communities is an important part of the political discourse.”
Create the Vote encourages candidates to develop dynamic cultural policies and to lead by example by convening community leaders on the arts and by attending arts and cultural events. It engages in broad-based public education by holding public meetings with candidates, artists, and cultural leaders, and publicizing candidates’ answers to a questionnaire about the arts. 
The campaign was a significant presence during 2015 mayoral campaigns in Fitchburg, Gloucester, Medford, New Bedford, and Worcester. During the 2014 gubernatorial race, Create the Vote hosted six candidates at the first-ever Gubernatorial Forum on Arts, Culture, and Creativity; met with candidates; and publicized the answers to candidates’ Create the Vote questionnaires. In the 2013 Boston mayoral race, Create the Vote succeeded in securing a pledge from candidate Marty Walsh to create a cabinet level position for the arts, a promise he fulfilled after his election with the hiring of Julie Burros as Chief of Arts and Culture. 
Follow the campaign on Twitter with the hashtag #CreateTheVote. You can also “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @MASSCreative, and visit http://www.mass-creative.org/ctv.

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. MASSCreative has more than 300 arts and cultural member organizations from around the state. 

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