Creative Michigan Votes

2018 Elections Hub


A strong Michigan will cultivate the creative industries as a central part of the state’s efforts to diversify and build a thriving 21st century economy.

Together, we can change the way our state’s political leaders value the contributions and support the needs of those who make Michigan a more creative and dynamic place to live, work and explore.

While Creative Many Michigan does not endorse candidates for office, we are committed to provide a platform that connects voters and candidates to issues impacting the creative community through the Creative Michigan Votes: Elections Hub.

This election season, we will do our best to partner with local organizations and individuals who are committed to help us reach candidates in their cities by emailing or calling candidates about the importance of our Candidate Questionnaire.


Get out the vote! Learn about Creative Many’s partnership with Rock the Vote to bring creativity to the polls on Election Day.VoteFest 2018



Creative Many generated Arts Memos for both candidates running for governor in the 2018 election. Information was collected using publicly available sources as well as the candidates own platforms and include any quotes, actions, or plans related to the arts and culture in Michigan. Please contact Sarah Gonzales Triplett at with any questions or additional information.

Bill Schuette Gretchen Whitmer


Both candidates vying to serve as Michigan’s next governor have responded to CMM’s candidate questionnaire. Responses are as follows:


The Creative Michigan Votes Candidate Questionnaire is an opportunity for candidates and constituents to start a dialogue on the role of the creative industries in communities across Michigan. The Candidate Questionnaire consists of seven short-answer questions candidates running for U.S. Congress, the Michigan Senate or House of Representatives are invited to complete.

Reach Out: Contact your candidates and encourage them to respond to the Candidate Questionnaire. Read the FAQs for more information.

Read & Respond: Creative Many encourages stakeholders to review, share, and discuss survey results with their friends, neighbors and colleagues through email, social media, and by raising survey questions at public candidate forums in their community.

Candidate Questionnaires Questionnaire FAQs Candidate Responses Fact Sheets



Your constituents care about the health of the creative sector. Creative Many is here to inform you on the impact and connect you to the voters in your community.

Fill out the questionnaire and let them know how you feel about some of the issues that concern Michigan’s creative industries.

Candidate Questionnaire




Michigan’s General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. With a competitive gubernatorial race, major congressional contests and all of the Michigan’s State Representative and Senate seats up for grabs, who we elect to make decisions on our behalf in November will impact the State of Michigan for years to come.

Register to Vote
In August, a record number of voters turned out to cast their ballot in the Primary Election. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of a historic General Election. If you haven’t already, register to vote by Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in order to be eligible to take part in the November election.

Michigan Voter Information
Visit our friends at Rock the Vote for Michigan Voter Information, more resources, and answers to all your election questions.

Reviewing Your Sample Ballot: Visit the Michigan Secretary of State website to review your sample ballot and catch up with their FAQs


2018 Congressional Arts Report Card
This year’s important federal midterm elections will see all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 35 seats in the Senate up for election. View the Arts Action Fund Report Card for a one-stop guide to learn how your candidates support the arts and arts education. (Link)

U.S. Senate Candidate Memos
Arts Action Fund Candidate Memos generated for all U.S. Senate incumbents running for re-election in 2018 and for all open seats and viable challengers that appear to be running in a toss-up election. (Link)

2018 Candidate Arts Survey
Arts Action Fund survey for those who would like to be considered for funding from the Arts Action Fund Political Action Committee (PAC). (Link)

2018 Washtenaw County Candidate Survey on the Arts & Creative Industries
Survey of candidates running for office on the ballot in Washtenaw County about their views on the arts & creative industries, especially in regards to policy and investment. (Link)


  1. Take a look at key issues related to the creative industries and information you can share with your candidates.
  2. Review our Creative State Michigan research which highlights the impact of the for-profit and nonprofit creative sectors in our state.
  3. Keep the conversation going. Your advocacy is essential as we work with new lawmakers after the election to continue to support Michigan’s creative many.
  4. Mention Creative Many on social media to share wins you experience in your part of the state. We’d love to spread the word on the power of Michigan’s creative many. Find us @creativemany on  Twitter and Instagram and @creativemanymi on Facebook. Use the hashtag #CreativeMany. Thank you for your dedication to the creative sector in Michigan!