About Create the Vote

Create the Vote CT is our nonpartisan public education campaign that raises awareness and support for the arts among voters and candidates running for elected office at the state level. It features forums where voters can hear directly from candidates on where they stand on supporting the arts, surveys where candidates can weigh in on arts issues, and resources to help voters make informed decisions.


Create the Vote CT 2018

CT Arts Alliance launched the first Create the Vote CT campaign during the gubernatorial election in 2018. 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.


Create the Vote 2020

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.