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. Arts are incredibly important to healthy communities and contribute to economic resilience
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. It is an MLA's job to advocate on behalf of their communities.
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?
I would love to sit down with you to create a strategy.
In your view, how can our provincial government maintain or grow the cultural sector across British Columbia?
I think a governments role is to help coordinate and support on-the-ground community organizations who are the experts in their field. Providing that support for those already involved is one way to grow the cultural sector.
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 would first consult with our Arts and Culture organizations to determine an overall strategy for supporting the sector.
How will you improve cultural tourism in your community? How do you propose to attract and retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Nelson Creston is rich in cultural diversity, but many of our artists struggle to be paid for their art and contribution to the well being of our community. Again, I believe sitting down with the stakeholders is the best way to create a strategy.
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 cultural sector has been significantly underfunded for many years. I would advocate for increased funding.
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 enjoy attending events, and have in the past been on the Capital Theater Board, participated in the Christmas pantomime, attended author events, etc