The first open mayor’s race in two decades has motivated Boston’s arts community to form a political movement unlike anything seen in recent city elections. A coalition of arts organizations, youth arts groups and cultural institutions demands that the candidates for mayor articulate a real vision for the arts in Boston. And the candidates are responding.
John Barros proposed expanding arts in schools and creating the city staff position of “curator-in-chief.” City Councilor John Connolly wants to work with landlords to make vacant space available for pop-up galleries. City Councilor Mike Ross said he would require developers to spend 1 percent of their construction costs on arts funding.
The Create the Vote coalition plans to grill the candidates for mayor Monday night at a forum at the Paramount Theatre, to be moderated by Joyce Kulhawik, president of the Boston Theater Critics Association. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.