In separate online news articles, the mayors of Boston and Trinidad voiced similar opinions about the importance of promoting the arts as economic drivers of a community.
In a recent Boston Globe article, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh explained how he’s working to make Boston better for artists.
“If Boston is going to be a thriving, healthy, and innovative city, we need our artists to flourish.” In a recent Chronicle News article, Trinidad Mayor Phil Rico detailed a similar sentiment in describing the City’s excitement over the Space to Create project on Main St.
"Why support the arts as an economic driver?
According to Walsh: Artists can help solve big problems and heal old wounds. Artists embody the creativity that fuels innovation. Their work expresses our histories and our values. It communicates our fears, hopes, and dreams. Art brings people together…. [We] must do all [we] can to create conditions for success.”
Why is a big city like Boston having to work so hard to create an environment that sustains artists? The following quote clearly explains why so many artists and other creatives are moving to Trinidad: “Artists often find it difficult to flourish here [Boston] and are sometimes compelled to seek greener pastures elsewhere. They feel squeezed in a number of ways: by the high cost of living, a shortage of suitable studio or performance spaces, stiff competition for gigs and grants, the strain of piecing together a living from freelance work, and a lack of support from government, business, and institutions.”
Mayor Rico and the Trinidad City Council and government employees are working hard to create exactly the environment that Mayor Walsh dreams of.