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Arts, Faith and Humanities
Written by Karen Bystrom, College of Arts and Sciences
July 16, 2019
Seattle University MFA in Arts Leadership students enrolled in the 2019 summer course “Public Policy and the Arts” are creating the Seattle Arts Voter Guide, a nonpartisan guide collecting statements by City Council Candidates on how they envision arts as part of Seattle.
The online guide is available at https://seattleartsvoterguide.com/.
The project focuses on encouraging four critical actions that Seattle residents can take:
In teams organized by district, students contacted each candidate requesting their statement on the arts. The candidates are encouraged to engage with questions like:
A decade ago, Seattle had the most arts organizations per capita of any U.S. city, and the city continues to top lists for cities with the most Arts Vibrancy, the Most Creative Cities, and the highest proportion of working artists. Critical issues of access, creativity, displacement, homelessness and housing, income inequality, journalism, preservation, and racial equity interact with the arts in Seattle.
Update: As of July 23, 15 candidates had responded with their platforms and more are expected in the coming days. Ballots for the August primary were mailed on July 17.
Seattle residents are encouraged to visit the website to see the responses from their candidates. If they do not see their candidates represented, they can contact them to ask they participate.
In addition to the website, residents can connect with the Seattle Arts Voter Guide on Facebook and Twitter, and follow the hashtag #seattleartsvote.
The Seattle Arts Voter Guide is non-partisan and Seattle University does not endorse nor oppose any candidate.
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