Eric Kolotyluk

Electoral Riding

Vancouver-Fraserview

Party Affiliation

BC Green Party

Your Vision for Arts + Culture

Will you advocate for an increased investment to the BC Arts Council and to maintain or increase the current funding level for arts, culture and heritage in your community?

Yes, but I would also want to know what the results are from such funding to know how best to invest it.

Advocacy

Will you take an active role on behalf of your community to lobby senior levels of government to increase levels of investment to the BC Arts Council?

Yes. According to Winston Churchill: “The arts are essen­tial to any com­plete national life. The State owes it to itself to sus­tain and encour­age them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the rev­er­ence and delight which are their due.”

Support

If you are in favour of increased investment in arts, culture, and heritage for our province and committed to lobbying senior levels of government for increases to the BC Arts Council, would you require additional advocacy support from the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture? If so, how can we help?

Increasingly we live in a polarized and xenophobic culture, largely because politics too often tends to rely on a 'divide and conquer' mentality. We need investments in arts, cultured, and heritage to overcome the politics of division, bring diverse views together on something we can agree on, and build a sustainable trust in community and cooperation. Organizations such as the BC Alliance for the Arts + Culture can help by sharing this vision with similar organizations, and with the public at large, showing us those tangible rewards for such investments. 

In the larger picture, there are many mechanisms in our modern society that invalidate ourselves, our esteem, our humanity, etc. Largely the Arts provides us with more validating experiences, that help repair the damage done by invalidating experiences. The arts is like medicine for our soul and spirit, both preventative and restorative medicine, helping strengthen and heal not only the individual, but also our social fabric.

Cultural Growth

In your view, how can our provincial government maintain or grow the cultural sector across British Columbia?

1. Public service announcements sharing the tangible value investments in arts, culture, and heritage - why people should not only invest their money, but invest their time by participating in the enjoyment of art, culture, and heritage. 
2. Grants and sponsorship of programs for cultural growth

Cultural + Creative Spaces

Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural and creative spaces for artists and arts organizations in British Columbia? If so, how?

British Columbia has many talented artists, musicians, dancers, etc. who need space not only to develop their skills and talents, but to share them with others by either instruction or performance. Through promotion, grants, sponsorship, etc., we can help artists and patrons who are least able to practice and enjoy the arts by finding space for such activities.

Cultural Tourism

How will you improve cultural tourism in your community? How do you propose to attract and retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

Tourism is one of BC's biggest industries, and often people touring the province are looking for new and interesting experiences. We can foster and curate cultural tourism by not only bringing people to new cultural experiences, but by bringing such experiences to them.

Key Issues

What do you feel to be the single most important issue currently relating to arts, culture and heritage in British Columbia, and what action will you take to address it?

Awareness. We often overlook not only the value of arts, culture, and heritage, but also the opportunities for it. While it is nice to plan to partake in these experiences, frequently such experiences are serendipitous. The actions I would most like to take are in increasing and improving these serendipitous experiences.

Participation

How do you personally engage in the creative and cultural life of your community, and more broadly, the province? (e.g. committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

By seeking out experiences with local artists, musicians, dancers, etc. I love going to local venues such as the Cottage Bistro to hear musicians and to dance to their music; attending farmers market events on weekends to see local arts and produce; seeking out districts rich in studios and shops; and seeking out similar venues when I travel around the province. Personally, I enjoy social dancing, and go to one or two events per week.

Additional Feedback

If you would like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture and heritage issues in British Columbia, please use the space below. Hint: sharing personal stories or experience about how art, culture and heritage have impacted your life are often the best way to effectively connect with your readers!

As a social dancer, I encourage people to come out and dance, we are always looking for new dance partners. Dance is not only great exercise, but a great way to meet people and create valuable relationships. 

As a Ukrainian, I encourage people to try Ukrainian food either in restaurants, delis or even some local churches; as well as making or buying Ukrainian Easter Eggs at Easter. 

As a music lover, I encourage people to get out to small venues with local artists, and buy their CDs if available. Listening to the music again with reward you with memories of the original experience. 

As a lover of the outdoors, get some friends, and check out the various outdoor markets and performances. Talk to the artists and learn about their craft. Most of all, buy local to create a sustainable economy for arts, culture, and heritage.