Engaging Artists to
- Use their creativity to connect voters and candidates together
- Host voter engagement events in their studios, venues, and communities
- Register to Vote
- Primary Elections: September 14
- General Election: November 4
Encouraging Candidates to
- Develop equitable cultural policies for their creative community
- Lead by example by talking about the power of arts and culture
On July 1, the Create the Vote Steering Committee shared this letter and candidate questionnaire to the mayoral and first selectperson candidates throughout Greater New Haven. We will publish their submissions as we receive them. Click "Received!" to read their responses and scroll to the right for more information about each candidate.
From now until election day, we will post candidate responses as we receive them. Here's what you can do to help:
- Send an email to or call candidates listed as "Not Received"
- Here's a short template you can customize for your message:
Dear Candidate ( name ),
As an ( artist / art student / arts lover ) in ( your town / city ), I hope you will take the time to complete the nonpartisan Create the Vote Greater New Haven candidate questionnaire. The details about this initiative are available at NewHavenArts.org/vote. You can submit your responses online or by email to the Arts Council of Greater New Haven via Daniel@NewHavenArts.org.
( your name )
( your address )
We're excited to share with you graphics designed by local creatives to promote the accessibility and importance of voting. Please use these on your social media platforms, newsletters, and printed materials, but always credit them for their work.
- Amy McNamara, Wallingford
- Alana Ladson, New Haven
- More coming soon!
Connect candidates and voters in your community with the Create the Vote campaign. Here's how you can help today:
- Share this graphic on social media, especially hyper-local Facebook groups, with a link to NewHavenArts.org/vote and hashtag #CreateTheVoteGNHV
- Forward this page to your network and encourage them to join the Arts Council - it's free! - to receive updates about the campaign.
- Connect with the candidates in your community and encourage them to respond to our questionnaire.
Why are the arts critical right now?
💸DRIVE ECONOMIC RECOVERY: Greater New Haven's non-profit creative sector supports 5,700 direct jobs and generates $135 million annually
💔HEAL + REBUILD: Creativity helps us process impact and loss, build and rebuild vibrant and resilient communities, and attract new residents, businesses, and visitors
✊SUPPORT RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE: Embracing the diversity of our cultures and experiences is at the heart of the arts and the fight for justice
🚨ARTS NEEDS HELP: With 62% of artists unemployed and most arts organizations unable to reopen until fall 2021, the industry needs emergency support to thrive
ABOUT CREATE THE VOTE
Elections are a great time to talk about the strengths and challenges facing our communities, especially to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and fight for racial justice. While candidates for mayor and first selectperson spend lots of time talking about the economy and jobs, it is critical that candidates in Greater New Haven, the creative capital of our state, talk about arts and culture as a solution to our challenges and central to the revival of our cities and towns.
Seeing the need to make arts and culture part of the discussion, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven is launching Create the Vote Greater New Haven, a nonpartisan public awareness campaign to engage voters and candidates running for mayor or first selectperson about the power of arts, culture, and creativity. The project is led by a steering committee of residents from throughout our region.
Leslie Abbatiello, Wallingford | IfeMichelle Gardin, New Haven | Roz Gilhuly, Wallingford | Dr. Tiffany Jackson, West Haven | Alana Ladson, New Haven | Annie Lin, Hamden | Lee Lee McKnight, Hamden | Amy McNamara, Wallingford | Zaneta Nicholson, West Haven | Daniel Pizarro, New Haven | Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, New Haven | Ty Scurry, Hamden | Elinor Slomba, West Haven | Shamila Zubairi, Wallingford
Create the Vote launched in Connecticut during the gubernatorial election in 2018 and continued in 2019 for the New Haven mayoral election and on a statewide basis in 2020 for the general assembly election. The concept started at MASSCreative.