OCTOBER 1, 2020
A Creative Community Newsletter for Information and Inspiration
Welcome to Whipsmart’s “Get Out and Vote” issue. 

Rumor has it there’s an election on November 3. At Whipsmart, we know that a strong economy in Washington State uses creativity as the fundamental building block for success, and we think there should be leaders in all levels of government who understand that. Now is the time to get smart about candidates and policies that support Washington's creative economy. 

In this issue, we wanted to feature elected officials who have been champions of Washington’s creative economy. Representative Nicole Macri and Senator June Robinson share what local creatives inspire them and why they think creativity is important to our state. 

We also give you the tools to create a voting plan to help make the process as easy as possible. So, no excuses. Get out there and VOTE.
Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Check your status here

Check out the 2020 General Election Guide that gives you all the information you need about early voting, what’s on the ballot and much more. 

Curious about Washington State’s ballot drop box locations? Read this article about how the drop boxes work. We put together a list of where all the ballot boxes in all 39 Washington counties can be found. 

While you’re at it, read History of Voting in America, and specifically for Washington State, HistoryLink offers articles about Washington voting history. 

Did you know…Washington women permanently won the right to vote in 1910 (after several previous wins and losses of the right), ten years before national women’s suffrage was enacted? Well, if you thought that was interesting, load up your brain with this 8-part video series Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour! And you can read more about Washington state’s impact on the national women’s suffrage movement here.
Take Action & Amplify

Join the Vote Squad in Washington! The Vote Squad is a diverse and devoted team of Washingtonians working together statewide to serve their communities and help their neighbors make their voices heard. Working directly with county elections offices, Vote Squad members help elections run smoothly and ensure voters have accurate information. Vote Squad teammates come from all walks of life yet they share a love for the power of the vote and the opportunity to shape Washington's and America's future. Find out if your county is hiring here.

Americans for the Arts Action Fund wants to make your vote count for the global creative community! When you take their pledge you are given access to action steps specific to your state, informational webinars, as well as original Shepard Fairey image files to use on your social media or Zoom background for free! 

Get Creative About Getting Out the Vote with this great list of ways you can get involved in getting out the vote. 
Champions of Creativity
Representative Nicole Macri (43rd Legislative District) and Senator June Robinson (38th Legislative District) have a long, rich history of supporting the creative economy in Washington State. In addition to supporting Washington Filmworks Motion Picture Competitiveness Program (MPCP), they are champions of the creative economy in their own communities. We asked them to tell us about something creative in their district that inspires them and to share why they believe it’s important to support Washington’s creative economy. 
State Representative, 43rd Legislative District
Nicole Macri was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 2016, and represents the 43rd legislative district of Washington, which includes the Seattle neighborhoods of Downtown, First Hill, Capitol Hill, Madison Valley, Madison Park, Montlake, University District, Ravenna, Wallingford, Fremont and Phinney Ridge. She serves as vice chair of the Healthcare and Wellness Committee and is a member of the Appropriations and Finance Committees. She is also a member of the Washington State LGBTQ Caucus. Photo Credit: Washington State Legislative Support Services
What creative entrepreneur or creative business
in your district inspires you and why?

The collective work of the artists who created the stunning Black Lives Matter mural on Capitol Hill this summer inspired people here and around the world. I’m so grateful to the many talented mural painters who have beautifully decorated the signs of boarded up businesses around Seattle. Many paintings celebrate the beauty, resolve and resiliency of Seattle, while others inspire us to stay focused on the movement for Black lives. I’m especially grateful to the many business owners who have commissioned works at their locations.
Why do you think it’s important for government
to support the creative economy?

The creative economy is so important for the health of our communities. In this pandemic and the compounding economic crisis we are currently navigating, the creative voices and artistic forms of expression are even more significant in facilitating understanding, connection, and support. Artists and creative professionals of all types serve a critical role in communicating complex ideas to large groups and are able to capture the collective feelings during these challenging times. These are just a few of the reasons as to why I believe it’s important for the government to invest and support the creative economy. 
State Senator, 38th Legislative District
Senator June Robinson was appointed to represent the 38th Legislative District in the Senate in May 2020 after serving three terms in the State House of Representatives. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Jamaica for three years where she worked as a public health nutritionist. She has held leadership positions at Migrant Health Promotion, a national organization that strives to alleviate health disparities in rural and disenfranchised communities; at Community Health Center of Snohomish County and at the Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County. Currently, she works as a Program Manager at Public Health Seattle & King County in the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section. Photo credit: Susie Howell
What creative entrepreneur or creative business
in your district inspires you and why?
I am inspired by an emerging organization of artists in my district. They call themselves the Delta Arts Collective. It is a group of artists – musicians, writers, photographers and those creating visual arts – who have come together to lift each other up and inspire their neighbors through their creative work. The Delta neighborhood is in north Everett. It consists of primarily modest, single-family homes where mill workers and their families lived in decades past. Now home to a diverse community, the Delta Arts Collective has formed to promote art through Art in the Alley weekends, to support each other, and to be a force to lift the voices of People of Color and everyone struggling to be recognized.

Why do you think it’s important for the government
to support the creative economy?  

The arts provide the seasoning to life that everyone needs to feel alive and feel inspired. Funding our creative economy can be seen as extra and therefore dispensable. However, if we do not prioritize our artists and their work we are cutting off the lifeline for many in our communities and robbing everyone of the pleasure of experiencing art in all of its forms. Especially now, when so many things about our daily lives feel dark and disconnected, art is important for bringing people together and providing an outlet for everyone’s creative energy.
Bandanas and Ballot Boxes
Check out the 2020 Social Justice Film Festival, Transform: Another World is Possible online from October 1-11. In honor of election season check out their Voting Matters Panel on October 11th at 7:00 pm. And you can peruse the entire program and get your tickets here!

Pearl Jam Announce Massive Voting Initiative that includes a Take-Three Pledge of “Vote by Mail,” “Recruit Three Friends” and “Don’t Wait.”

Artists Band Together! 15 artists have joined forces on an exclusive series of fine art bandanas. All proceeds from sales going to the nonprofit organizations Mijente, Rise and Woke Vote to support nonpartisan voter registration and turnout programs in the U.S.
Creative Voices for Voting
At Whipsmart, we are unapologetic advocates for creative people and businesses. We give creative professionals the tools they need to succeed, by meeting them where they’re at—offering intentionally curated mentorships, job opportunities, and business resources scaled to every stage of their career.