FRAMINGHAM – Friday, October 27 is #ArtsMatter Day and a coalition of Framingham arts and cultural organizations in conjunction with MASSCreative asked mayoral candidates and at-large Council candidates in Framingham their views on the arts via a questionnaire.
Since 2013, MASSCreative’s Create the Vote movement has run nonpartisan, electoral public education initiatives to raise awareness and support for arts and cultural issues among voters and candidates running for public office.
In conjunction with MASSCreative, members of the Framingham START Partnership developed and distributed the questionnaire.
To date, both mayoral candidates and two of the at-large candidates have returned the questionnaires with their position on how arts & culture will be incorporated into our new city. They were they were mayoral candidates Yvonne Spicer and John Stefanini and At-large candidates George King Jr. and Cheryl Tully Stoll.
- Your Personal Connection: We’ve all had defining moments in our lives. What personal experience with arts, culture, or creativity has had an impact on your life and your view of the community?
- Arts and Culture in the City: Framingham is blessed with a rich mix of arts and cultural organizations. Please describe one or two significant arts and or cultural experiences you have had here recently.
- Addressing Citywide Issues: Can you provide examples on how you would integrate the arts, culture, and creative community in helping to improve multicultural relations in the city? Given the economic impact of our arts and cultural organizations on the local community, how would you strengthen our creative economy?
- An Arts Destination: While Framingham is growing as a community, the city has yet to fully leverage the strength of our arts, culture, and creative community as a means for branding and attracting residents, employees, and visitors. How would you utilize our community to make Framingham a place where people want to live, work, play, and visit?
The public is encouraged to read the unabridged, unedited responses on our website sponsored by MASSCreative
An economic impact study done by Carlisle & Co in 2009 estimated that the Framingham START Partnership members would increase their total economic impact by $36 million over the next decade, and, based on development plans at that time, the net present value of these organizations would increase $11 million to $39 million while adding 536 new jobs.
The START Partnership is not taking a position on any candidate but rather offers this information to help further inform voters on the positions of candidates.
The START Partnership (Framingham History Center, Framingham Public Library, Amazing Things Arts Center, Garden in the Woods, Danforth Museum) was formed more than 20 years ago to coordinate efforts by arts & culture organizations to raise our visibility throughout Framingham.
The arts, cultural, and creative sector in Massachusetts helps build vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities across the Commonwealth. The creative community helps drive our economy, educate our kids, and enhance our quality of life. It is clear that ‘arts matter’ in Massachusetts.