Q1 YOUR PERSONAL CONNECTION TO THE ARTS
The pandemic has been challenging for so many in CT and in so many ways. How have you personally benefited from the arts or creative expression in the last few months? What local arts experiences have you missed most during the shutdown?
I love the theater but it concerns me that all of the actors are not working and it does not looks good for them in the foreseeable future. I am on the board of our local library. We always are showcasing artist in the gallery. The library had to close their doors in March. We are hoping to reopen soon.
Q2 ARTS + ECONOMIC RECOVERY
CT can’t recover without the arts. Arts and culture are key for CT’s economic recovery. Creative industries pump $9 billion into the state and account for 3.5% of CT’s total economy. Our non-profit arts organizations support 23,000 jobs, generate $800 million annually, and return $7 back in tax revenue for every $1 invested by the state. How will you help harness the power of the arts for CT’s economic recovery?
We need to ensure that those employees who have been out of work can get back into the workforce. We need to reopen our economy, safely and carefully but our numbers are low and we need to get back to our new normal.
Q3 ARTS HEAL + REBUILD
Creativity helps us process loss, fight loneliness, and create vibrant, resilient communities that attract and retain residents, businesses, and visitors. What do you think is an important role for arts and culture to play in healing and rebuilding the social fabric of our cities and towns?
I believe that the arts are extremely therapeutic and hope that we can find ways to safely bring people together to combat the loneliness that we have all experienced over the last few months.
Q4 ARTS SUPPORT RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE
The pandemic has deepened existing divides in Connecticut, particularly along the lines of race and class. The arts create shared experiences that can unite people and bridge divides to acknowledge the strength in our differences. Do you believe the arts can help build racial and social justice in Connecticut? If so, how?
Yes- art does not see in color. The arts are all around us for everyone to enjoy. Reopening the museums and other venues will get people back to work and open opportunities.
Q5 CT NEEDS HELP FROM THE ARTS
With 62% of artists unemployed and most arts organizations unable to reopen, the industry needs emergency support to recover and thrive. CT’s arts and culture sector has suffered an estimated $400 million in economic losses. Will you support emergency funding to support the arts industry in Connecticut? If so, from what source and at what level?
Yes, I would support emergency funding. Each industry would need to be evaluated separately so it is hard to say if the funds should come from the state or the federal goverment.
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.