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. I will advocate for an increase at both levels for social, health & economic benefits
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. BC Arts Council performs an invaluable service to all our communities and deserves increased supports
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?
Research and support in making arguments based on evidence in positive social, health & mental health and economic impacts.
In your view, how can our provincial government maintain or grow the cultural sector across British Columbia?
BC Greens will address growth in the cultural sector through our economic and education platforms. This is the kind of growth I can totally get behind. There is funding in our platform for increased education supports, increased funding for cultural activities, innovation and green technologies/enterprises, health care & mental health and I believe arts education and practice are both imperative to enhance our individual and community well-being.
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?
I believe our housing strategy will directly impact the availability of affordable cultural spaces - primarily through two avenues. 1. Taking measures to return the housing market to a more even and affordable keel and 2. Investing in increased affordable housing models that include cooperatives, mixed use development and creating sustainable, walkable communities.
How will you improve cultural tourism in your community? How do you propose to attract and retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
I will work with all levels of government and all parties and First Nations to implement best-practices models of cultural incubators; to address municipal zoning issues to allow people to live & work in the same spaces; to increase public and public-supported arts and cultural activities and to ensure arts & culture are included in school curricula.
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?
The single most important issue in this is that people cannot afford to learn, play, and work in their home communities. I will work toward the policy of a basic income to alleviate poverty, foster healthier families & communities, encourage entrepreneurs and volunteers and enable education and retraining. I will work to re-position our economy to include artists and innovators, culture and heritage as equally important as existing sectors and industries.
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.)
I have, over the years moved between direct engagement in theatre and film and working for the Comox Valley Community Arts Council, and support by volunteering at or attending every and any kind of arts and culture events.
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!
A long time ago, I accepted someone's judgement that I was 'just not artistic' and that acceptance robbed both me and every employer, friend, association that I was involved with, of a great percentage of my passion and imagination. In my thirties, I took acting classes and became involved in theatre and films and then stand-up comedy. These steps changed my intellectual acceptance of the importance of arts & culture to society, to a deeply personal and emotional knowledge that it is true and necessary. In the health care work I've done, I've seen such positive outcomes when arts & health work together, that I believe we should be including the arts in many of our health policies. Artists, cultural workers and heritage saviours must be valued as much as or more than any other workers.