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.

CT Arts Alliance launched the first Create the Vote CT during the gubernatorial election in 2018 to inspire focus on the arts among the candidates and engage voters in advocating for the arts. The initiative engaged all gubernatorial candidates about why the arts are a key component of CT’s economic and community vitality, convened the state’s first arts-focused Gubernatorial Candidate Forum, and enlisted 100 arts organizations as co-sponsors. Through these efforts, the Arts Alliance ensured that the arts were part of Governor Lamont’s transition planning and helped stabilize state funding for the first time since the 2008 recession.

For Create the Vote 2020, we focused on connecting voters with local candidates running for legislative office. We provided voters with a toolkit to help them connect effectively with candidates in their districts and asked the candidates to complete questionnaires that shared their ideas on how they would support the arts if elected. We also co-hosted six regional online forums that invited candidates to discuss their positions on the arts in real time.

The initiative was originally conceived and developed at MASSCreative, a state arts advocacy organization in Massachusetts.