This November, you will vote in one of the most important elections in recent history. The Coronavirus pandemic has affected Connecticut’s residents, businesses, economy, and social fabric. Our communities have benefitted from the power of the arts to help us heal and connect, even virtually or with physical distancing. At the same time, our local artists and cultural organizations are struggling to survive financially. The creative sector in Connecticut is at risk to suffer irreversible damage at a time when we need the arts more than ever.

Connecticut can’t recover without the arts. You will elect statewide representatives that must quickly address complex issues facing the future of our state. They must understand that supporting and protecting the arts and culture sector is critical to rebuild our economy, revitalize our neighborhoods, and reimagine our way of life during and beyond the pandemic. Harnessing the power of the arts must be part of their plans for a resilient Connecticut.

With so much at stake, CT Arts Alliance needs YOU to act. Create the Vote CT will provide you with tools to connect effectively with local candidates running to represent your interests and concerns at the State Capitol. Pledge to #CreateTheVoteCT so YOUR voice is amplified alongside artists, cultural organizations, and residents for the future of our industry and state.

Step 1: Pledge to #CreatetheVoteCT

Once you pledge, you will receive a weekly email with an advocacy action and other updates about the election. It will take a few minutes each week to participate, but our collective effort will make a difference. For example, a local legislator will take notice if they receive even just 5 of emails or phone calls about a particular issue. 

Step 2: Invite others to pledge

The more voices, the better! This campaign is not just for CT Arts Alliance members, but also for any arts organization, individual artists of all disciplines, arts workers, audience members, students, and any resident who cares about the arts. Help us unite the most diverse and loud coalition of arts advocates possible.

Step 3: Explore our candidate questionnaires

CT Arts Alliance has asked all candidates for the General Assembly to submit their responses to this short questionnaire. We will publish their responses here in this searchable database for you to review and share. 

Step 4: Participate in a candidate forum

In partnership with the Designated Regional Service Organizations, there will be a series of virtual, regional candidate forum events to connect voters and candidates. Stay tuned for the schedule! 

Step 5: Help boost voter turnout

In addition to voting yourself, the final phase for Create the Vote is about making sure everyone is registered and ready to vote. While the national election will consume a lot of attention, it’s critical that we encourage voter participation in the local races, which are often decided by only a handful of votes. 

In many ways, Create the Vote is only the beginning. Once you learn how to become an effective arts advocate, you can easily continue these tactics in your day-to-day work. 

Why are the arts critical right now?

  • ARTS DRIVE ECONOMIC RECOVERY: Connecticut’s non-profit creative sector supports 23,000 jobs and generates $800 million annually
  • ARTS HEAL + REBUILD: Creativity helps us process impact and loss, build and rebuild vibrant and resilient communities, and attract new residents, businesses, and visitors
  • ARTS 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 NEED HELP: With 62% of artists unemployed and most arts organizations unable to reopen until 2021, the industry needs emergency support to thrive

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 and inspired focus on the arts during Governor Lamont’s transition and helped stabilize statewide public funding for the first time since the Great Recession. The initiative was originally conceived and developed at MASSCreative, a state arts advocacy organization in Massachusetts.


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