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Elections are a great time to talk about the strengths and challenges our city faces and our vision for the future. While mayoral candidates will spend lots of time talking about the economy and jobs, it is vital that candidates and voters in New Haven, the creative capital of our state, understand how arts and culture are a solution to our challenges and central to the growth of our community.

 

Candidate Questionnaire

Our Steering Committee developed a short questionnaire to engage the mayoral candidates in a dialogue about the power of the creative sector in New Haven. Here are the responses we received as of August 1:

CTV Elicker

JUSTIN ELICKER (D) 

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The arts can and should be a powerful force in New Haven to bridge divides, connect people, and make a community that is better for everyone.

 

Read Justin's Responses

CTV Harp

TONI HARP (D) 

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Arts and culture builds community for our residents, and draws other people to New Haven to experience all that our city has to offer.

 

Read Toni's Responses

PENDRAGON

URN PENDRAGON 

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New Haven is so very diverse with an arts and culture community that I am emotionally moved by the impressive array of artistry.

 

Read Urn's Responses


No response yet: Wendy Hamilton + Seth Poole 

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Untitled design (8)Create the Vote is engaging artists to:
  • Use their creativity to connect voters and mayoral candidates  
  • Host voter events in New Haven’s neighborhoods
Create the Vote is encouraging mayoral candidates to:
  • Develop bold, dynamic policies for the city’s creative community
  • Lead by example by talking about the power of arts and culture 
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Did you know that the arts, culture, + creativity ... 

  • DRIVES OUR ECONOMY
    The region’s nonprofit creative sector supports 5,700 jobs and drives $135 million in direct economic activity annually
  • CLOSES THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
    Arts instruction increases achievement across all academic disciplines and develops the whole child.
  • BUILDS COMMUNITY
    Creativity creates a positive social environment making neighborhoods safer and improving overall quality of life.
  • IMPROVES HEALTH OUTCOMES
    The use of the arts in health has increased in clinical health fields and community settings.

 

Steering Committee

Raven Blake, Heather Burtman, Ron Coleman, Patrick Dunn, Gillian Eversman, Ariel Herbert, Paul Bryant Hudson, Helen Kauder, Martha Lewis, Elizabeth Nearing, Babz Rawls-Ivy, Caroline Smith

 

Partners

The Create the Vote campaign was originally conceived and developed at MASSCreative, the state arts advocacy organization in Massachusetts, and is also a program of CT Arts Alliance, Connecticut's state arts advocacy organization.