2018 Gubernatorial Arts Survey 

In September 2018 ArtsEngageME sent a survey to the four candidates running for the office of Maine Governor; Alan Caron, Terry Hayes, Janet Mills, and Shawn Moody. The survey asked five simple questions about how the candidates see the arts in relation to their policies and how they feel about arts support for the people of Maine. 

The campaigns of Janet Mills and Shawn Moody returned the completed survey. 

Candidate: Alan Caron

Background: Maine’s 2,000+ non-profit arts and culture organizations provide access and support the quality of life in every corner of our state.  We have over 22,000 creative workers in our workforce and the value added of the arts and culture sector to our overall economy exceeds $1.5 billion annually.

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Q1 . Please describe your personal participation and/or interest in arts and culture, e.g. professional or amateur visual or performing artist, a patron, board service, financial support, participation by your children, etc.

A1. NO RESPONSE

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Q2. The Maine Arts Commission, in its Fortifying Maine’s Creativity & Culture: A Five Year Cultural Plan 2015-2020 -  it calls for increasing the Arts Commission’s state funding allocation to at least the national average of $1.08 per capita. It currently stands at $.71 per capita. Would you support that objective – why or why not?

A2. NO RESPONSE

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Q3. To ensure all students have access to a high-quality arts education and the benefits it can have on their academic performance and the overall learning environment, how would you encourage more attention and resources for arts education in Maine schools?

A3. NO RESPONSE

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Q4. Do you feel that a strong arts and culture sector is critical to Maine’s overall economy?  Why or why not?

A4. NO RESPONSE

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Q5. We welcome any additional comments you would like to make with regard to the arts in Maine.

A5. NO RESPONSE

Candidate: Terry Hayes

Background: Maine’s 2,000+ non-profit arts and culture organizations provide access and support the quality of life in every corner of our state.  We have over 22,000 creative workers in our workforce and the value added of the arts and culture sector to our overall economy exceeds $1.5 billion annually.

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Q1 . Please describe your personal participation and/or interest in arts and culture, e.g. professional or amateur visual or performing artist, a patron, board service, financial support, participation by your children, etc.

A1. NO RESPONSE

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Q2. The Maine Arts Commission, in its Fortifying Maine’s Creativity & Culture: A Five Year Cultural Plan 2015-2020 -  it calls for increasing the Arts Commission’s state funding allocation to at least the national average of $1.08 per capita. It currently stands at $.71 per capita. Would you support that objective – why or why not?

A2. NO RESPONSE

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Q3. To ensure all students have access to a high-quality arts education and the benefits it can have on their academic performance and the overall learning environment, how would you encourage more attention and resources for arts education in Maine schools?

A3. NO RESPONSE

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Q4. Do you feel that a strong arts and culture sector is critical to Maine’s overall economy?  Why or why not?

A4. NO RESPONSE

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Q5. We welcome any additional comments you would like to make with regard to the arts in Maine.

A5. NO RESPONSE

Candidate: Janet Mills

Background: Maine’s 2,000+ non-profit arts and culture organizations provide access and support the quality of life in every corner of our state.  We have over 22,000 creative workers in our workforce and the value added of the arts and culture sector to our overall economy exceeds $1.5 billion annually.

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Q1 . Please describe your personal participation and/or interest in arts and culture, e.g. professional or amateur visual or performing artist, a patron, board service, financial support, participation by your children, etc.

A1. I served on the Maine Humanities Council for a number of years. I have written and published poems and love to read poetry and books of all kinds, both fiction and non-fiction. I have sung in the Androscoggin chorale and the local Community Chorus and have routinely supported the visual and performing arts in western Maine.

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Q2. The Maine Arts Commission, in its Fortifying Maine’s Creativity & Culture: A Five Year Cultural Plan 2015-2020 -  it calls for increasing the Arts Commission’s state funding allocation to at least the national average of $1.08 per capita. It currently stands at $.71 per capita. Would you support that objective – why or why not?

A2. I support the objective and would love to learn more about funding opportunities to achieve this goal.

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Q3. To ensure all students have access to a high-quality arts education and the benefits it can have on their academic performance and the overall learning environment, how would you encourage more attention and resources for arts education in Maine schools?

A3. We need to support public education in general more than we have.  A quality arts curriculum should be available in every school district. As Governor, I will select a Commissioner of Education who believes in a well rounded education for all young people, and this education includes exposure to the creative arts -- visual, musical and written. My Department of Education will provide leadership and guidance in this area.

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Q4. Do you feel that a strong arts and culture sector is critical to Maine’s overall economy?  Why or why not?

A4. The arts have been a central part of both Maine’s culture and economy since we entered statehood back in 1820. I think about Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dahlov Ipcar, Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Andrew Wyeth, Richard Ford, Elizabeth Stroud, Jamie Wyeth, Stephen King and many other world-renowned artists with deep ties to Maine. Arts in Maine generate over $150 million in economic activity and support more than 4,000 jobs. The creative economy is a sector that is thriving and growing and attracting more young people to Maine every year. It is indeed critical to Maine's economy.

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Q5. We welcome any additional comments you would like to make with regard to the arts in Maine.

A5.I’ve released a detailed plan for the arts and creative economy. Learn more at: https://www.janetmills.com/issues/creative-economy

Candidate: Shawn Moody

Background: Maine’s 2,000+ non-profit arts and culture organizations provide access and support the quality of life in every corner of our state.  We have over 22,000 creative workers in our workforce and the value added of the arts and culture sector to our overall economy exceeds $1.5 billion annually.

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Q1 . Please describe your personal participation and/or interest in arts and culture, e.g. professional or amateur visual or performing artist, a patron, board service, financial support, participation by your children, etc.

A1. I believe I have a lot in common with folks in the arts community because I am an entrepreneur. Many artists have a strong, Maine, entrepreneurial spirit. They make a living off a craft, something I can relate to. I know what it's like to work with your hands for a living, and create a product that ultimately goes to market. It is not always easy, but we work hard every day to provide for our families, doing what we love to do. Moody's proudly gives scholarships to Portland Arts and Technology every year, and have also sponsored Arts in the Park in the past. 

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Q2. The Maine Arts Commission, in its Fortifying Maine’s Creativity & Culture: A Five Year Cultural Plan 2015-2020 -  it calls for increasing the Arts Commission’s state funding allocation to at least the national average of $1.08 per capita. It currently stands at $.71 per capita. Would you support that objective – why or why not?

A2. There is no doubt that the arts play a critical role in Maine's economy. We have a strong tradition of artists in our state, and we should be very proud of that. We must incorporate the arts into both a comprehensive economic development strategy, and our education strategy for Maine. I think we need a comprehensive review of Maine's budget, and we need to prioritize where our taxpayer dollars are spent. It would be irresponsible to commit to any type of funding increases without putting accountability mechanisms in place to ensure our tax dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. I look forward to working with members of Maine's art community on this. 

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Q3. To ensure all students have access to a high-quality arts education and the benefits it can have on their academic performance and the overall learning environment, how would you encourage more attention and resources for arts education in Maine schools?

A3. I think it's important that we reform our K-12 public education system to ensure we are spending our resources where they belong - in the classroom. As part of this, we need to provide incentives to communities to think about ways they can reduce costs, and collaborate to ensure students have access to a wide array of educational opportunities. This includes the arts. As we reduce administrative overhead, and pool our resources, we can be sure that students have access to an array of educational opportunity - including arts education. 

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Q4. Do you feel that a strong arts and culture sector is critical to Maine’s overall economy?  Why or why not?

A4. Yes, I think a strong arts and culture sector is critical to Maine's economy. Maine faces demographic challenges with an aging population and a labor shortage. We all know that Maine is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. We have a pristine environment, our people are warm, and we offer numerous recreational opportunities. A vibrant arts and culture sector is very important to recruiting more people to consider Maine as a place to permanently relocate to our state. 

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Q5. We welcome any additional comments you would like to make with regard to the arts in Maine.

A5. NO RESPONSE