BOLD LEADERSHIP FOR THE ARTS

 
 
 

Creativity, arts and culture determine who we are. They help us discover, celebrate, strengthen, and perpetuate our values. They challenge our assumptions and push us to reflect and to improve. As a result, they stand at the center of our communities and are essential to our quality of life, our children’s education, and our creative and innovative businesses. Ultimately, the arts inspire us to embrace life at its fullest.  

I believe in the importance of creative exploration and expression.  My parents were writers and our family friends included dancers, actors, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, and many other kinds of artists. I am fortunate to live in Somerville, where our Arts Council enlivens the community through almost weekly events including Art Beat, Open Studios, Porch Fest, Honk festivals, open air theater, movies in the park, and more.


I intend to elevate the priority of arts and culture in state government and bring art and artists to the table for all our endeavors. My administration will champion the role of working artists, creative workers, and the non-profit arts community as essential to a thriving economy.  I want Massachusetts to shine as the leading example among all 50 states of what effective and visionary commitment to the arts looks like.

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The arts are the expression of our greater humanity and should permeate our schools and communities.

 

 

AS GOVERNOR I WILL:


 

Partner with the arts community to develop programs that use art to transform people and communities:  

  • Create and fund existing arts programs for youth at risk of violence, the elderly to find community, and arts gatherings as a way to increase neighborhood vitality and safety.

  • Integrate art and design into public spaces.

  • Support professional development for artists.

Maintain and expand funding for the arts:

  • Support development and expansion of state and municipal arts initiatives and funding.

  • Maintain and build cultural spaces through funding for the Cultural Facilities Fund and Community Preservation Act.

  • Support creative placemaking initiatives including the Massachusetts Public Art Program (MPAP) bill

  • Introduce a dedicated funding source for the state arts budget, and advocate for its approval.

Support arts as a critical to our education system:

  • Promote arts education for all.

  • Incorporate arts education indicators in Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

  • Expand arts education opportunities for youth, fund in and out-of school arts programs.

Apply a race and social justice analysis of arts spending to:

  • Ensure a broad, inclusive, and equitable distribution of resources to artists and institutions.

  • Increase racial and ethnic participation, inclusion, and representation in arts and cultural institutions.

 
 
Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.
— Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts