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Join us for the first ever statewide public gubernatorial candidate forum about arts, culture, and the future of Connecticut’s economy on July 31 from 5-6:30pm at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School in New Haven. The event is hosted by Ann Nyberg and questions will be based on our candidate questionnaire.



Attending: Joseph Ganim, Oz Griebel, Rod Hanscomb, Tim HerbstNed Lamont, Marisa Manley, David Stemerman

Invited: Mark Boughton, Steve Obsitnik, Cameron Scott, Bob Stefanowski, Micah Welintukonis


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Ann Nyberg is the longest-serving, full-time female news anchor/reporter in Connecticut television history and has been nominated for multiple Emmys. A lover of the arts, she is a founding Board of Trustees member of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook and owns a boutique in Madison called Annie Mame.



4-5pm Networking and performances

5-6:30pm Candidate forum



Coop CTV

Cooperative Arts & Humanities (Co-Op) High School

Mainstage Theater

177 College Street, New Haven, CT, 06510

Entrance is at the intersection of College and Crown Streets



Crown Street Garage
213 Crown Street, New Haven, CT, 06510 – entrances at: (1) Crown Street between Temple & College; (2) College Street between Chapel & Crown

Street parking
Street parking in downtown New Haven is available, but limited.

NOTE: Metered parking is in effect until 9pm on Tuesdays; however there is no time limit after 5pm. Check all posted signs and be sure that you have paid your meter accordingly. Also check for temporary restrictions to street parking near your vehicle – due to construction in the area, some parking regulations may be temporarily changed.

Additional parking options





We have asked each of the 2018 gubernatorial candidates to answer 6 questions about how arts and culture strengthens Connecticut





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Elections are a great time to talk about the strengths and challenges our state faces and the vision for our community. While candidates spend lots of time talking about jobs, the economy, and education, they rarely talk about arts and culture as part of their vision. Seeing the need to make arts and creativity part of the discussion, Connecticut Arts Alliance (CAA) and the Connecticut Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) are launching Create the Vote CT.

Create the Vote CT is a nonpartisan public education campaign to raise awareness and support for the arts among voters and candidates running for public office.

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The campaign was established by arts, cultural, and creative institutions and leaders. Organizations, businesses, and individuals are welcome to join the effort to raise arts and culture in the conversation around elections.


  • Educate the candidates about arts and culture
  • Educate voters about arts and culture
  • Tell the story of arts and culture and the impact we have on the state
  • Strengthen the creative community in the state


  • ARTS DRIVE THE ECONOMY: Connecticut’s non-profit creative sector supports 23,000 jobs and generates $800 million annually
  • ARTS EDUCATE: Arts education increases academic achievement across all academic disciplines
  • ARTS BUILD COMMUNITY: Arts and culture enhance community development; spur urban renewal; attract new businesses; draw tourism dollars; and create an environment that attracts skilled, educated workers and builds our third millennium workforce


  • Join our mailing list to receive Create the Vote CT news, information, and updates
  • Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and use hashtag #CreateTheVoteCT
  • Use your Arts Voice to ask candidates questions about arts, culture, and creativity at events or on social media 


Co-Sponsors agree to:

  1. Allow CAA to name your organization on Create the Vote CT materials, including webpage, communications, social media, press releases and op-eds;
  2. Commit to being an active arts partner and leader in raising awareness of and encouraging participation in Create the Vote CT by urging people to participate in Create the Vote CT;
  3. Utilize your organizations resources and platform to advance the mission of Create the Vote CT through your communication channels (inclusion/mention in e-blasts, newsletters, website, programs, social media, and at events).



(as of July 14, 2018)

  • Aglet Theatre Company
  • Alliance Française of Greenwich
  • American Mural Project
  • Amistad Center for Art & Culture
  • ARTE Inc.
  • Artreach, Inc.
  • Arts & Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region
  • Arts Council of Greater New Haven
  • Artspace
  • ASAP!
  • Baobab Tree Studios
  • Brass City Ballet
  • Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
  • City Gallery
  • City Lights & Company/Bridgeport Art Trail
  • Civic Life Project
  • Charter Oak Cultural Center
  • Connecticut Academy for the Arts (CAFTA)
  • Connecticut Ballet
  • Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Connecticut Yankee Chorale
  • Crescendo, Inc.
  • Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County
  • Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut
  • Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra
  • Elm Shakespeare Company
  • Fairfield Theatre Company
  • Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
  • Five Points Gallery
  • Florence Griswold Museum
  • Franklin Street Works
  • Garde Arts Center
  • Goodspeed Musicals
  • Greater Hartford Arts Council
  • Greenwich Arts Council
  • Grumbling Gryphons Traveling Children’s Theater
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
  • HartBeat Ensemble
  • Hartford Stage
  • Homestead Funding
  • Hunt Hill Farm
  • Infinity Hall & Bistro
  • International Festival of Arts & Ideas
  • JCC and Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
  • Joyful Noise
  • Kent Memorial Library
  • La Grua Center
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival
  • Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
  • Long Wharf Theatre
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • Mattatuck Museum
  • Melanie Carr Gallery
  • Music Haven
  • Neighborhood Music School
  • NEST Arts Factory
  • New England Academy of Dance
  • New London Maritime Society
  • No Boundaries Youth Theater
  • Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
  • Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory for the Arts
  • Orchestra New England
  • Palace Theatre
  • Pilobolus Dance Theater
  • Real Art Ways
  • SECoast
  • Seven Angels Theatre
  • Shoreline Arts Alliance
  • Shubert Theater
  • Sound Community Services, Inc.
  • Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition
  • Square One Theatre Company
  • Stamford Symphony
  • Still Mountain Center
  • Ted Thomas Dance Foundation
  • The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
  • The Ballet School of Stamford at Chelsea Piers
  • The Hartford Guardian
  • The Klein Memorial Auditorium Foundation
  • TheatreWorks New Milford
  • Thrown Stone Theatre Company
  • Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
  • Village Center for the Arts
  • Warner Theatre
  • Washington Art Association & Gallery
  • Westport Country Playhouse
  • Wilton Playshop
  • WPKN 89.5-FM Community Radio
  • WSO’s “Bravo Waterbury!”
  • Yale Cabaret
  • Yale-China Association
  • Yale Repertory Theatre
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