Peace River South
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. The BC NDP will double the province's investment over four years.
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. The arts are vital to our communities and our economy, and I will certainly advocate on behalf of the BC Arts Council.
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?
Spreading the word to artists in Peace River South would be most helpful, cheers!
In your view, how can our provincial government maintain or grow the cultural sector across British Columbia?
The BC NDP will increase investments in Creative BC to support BC musicians, publishers, authors, artists, digital media, indigenous storytellers, and the film and TV industries. Ensuring that the creative community has the support and funding necessary to thrive is of vital importance in growing the cultural sector across BC.
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?
The BC NDP will provide space for BC artists to create by investing in an arts infrastructure fund, mobilizing federal cultural infrastructure dollars that BC is currently missing out on. This federal funding will be an asset to the creative community.
How will you improve cultural tourism in your community? How do you propose to attract and retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
The Peace region is known for its many artists, musicians, performers, and authors. Supporting local talent is key to having a vibrant and diverse arts community. Our local art galleries, community groups, and theaters need also be supported with funding and community involvement. With this additional funding and support, our region can continue to attract and retain artists and cultural workers.
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?
In our community, I see a lack of funding and support for K-12 students to be a vital issue that needs to be addressed in order to nurture the creativity and confidence that will last a life time. I will advocate on behalf of teachers and students to see the arts flourish for youth in the Peace region.
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 volunteer with the Dawson Creek Pride Society, which hosts a yearly event in partnership with our creative community to highlight dramatic and musical performances from local talent. We believe strongly in encouraging arts & culture at all Pride events. I have also helped to organize events for International Women's Day, which have included musical performances and local artistic vendors. Personally, I am most fond of the written word and always have a novel or two on the go!
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!
One of my favourite creative souls is author, musician and performer Ivan E. Coyote. I have had the privilege of seeing them perform several times, in Vancouver and most recently in Fort St. John. For me, Ivan personifies everything that arts & culture can and should be in British Columbia: insightful, magical, and life-changing. Talented individuals like Ivan deserve to be supported by the community and the provincial government however possible, for their works are vital to fostering empathy and awareness in our society.