Last year, I was one of dozens of people who worked on MASSCreative’s #CreateTheVote campaign. The goal of the campaign was to make sure that the arts were part of the platforms for the candidates for mayor of Boston. Questionnaires were sent out, and posted on line. There were committee meetings with each candidate. And a candidate’s forum to discuss arts and culture was SRO at the Paramount Theatre. #CreateTheVote was a success.
Well, the first part of this advocacy work was a success. But we aren’t done. Bostonians have an opportunity to testify at the Arts and Culture Public Hearing this Saturday, January 25. Can’t make it the the BPL on Saturday? Howlround will be livestreaming the event. And some of us will be reporting back on Twitter using the hashtag #BostonArts. Mayor Walsh’s team have also provided an on-line form to share your ideas for the new administration.
Engagement in this process is an opportunity we cannot squander. We in the arts community need to be part of the conversations that are shaping the city of Boston, and the environs. And by we, I mean artists, organizations, audiences, and service organizations who support the field. Mayor Walsh’s team is asking for input. Let’s make sure that the Rabb Lecture Hall at the Boston Public Library is at capacity (RSVP here), that #BosArts is trending on Twitter, and that Howlround reports a record number of viewers.
See you on Saturday.