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 in the BC Arts Council 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 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.
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?
In your view, how can our provincial government maintain or grow the cultural sector across British Columbia?
John Horgan and the BC NDP know that BC artists don’t just make our communities more interesting, vibrant, and beautiful, they are huge contributors to our economy, with film and television having become major employers across all age groups, and particularly for younger British Columbians.
Building on our province’s strengths, John Horgan and the BC NDP will work to make BC a global leader in arts, culture, film and TV.
› We will provide incentives for film producers to use BC based writers, including in their development work, by expanding BC’s lm labour tax credit to include BC writers.
› We will improve the competitiveness of BC’s domestic film and TV industry within Canada by ensuring that BC film and TV makers get their fair share of federal investments from Tele film, and other federal government programs.
› We will double the province’s investment in the BC Arts Council over four years.
› We 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.
› We will increase investments in Creative BC to support BC musicians, publishers, authors, artists, digital media, indigenous storytellers, and the film and TV industries.
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.
Partnering with communities, we will create a capital fund to upgrade and build arts and culture spaces along with other facilities.
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 the city of Burnaby to help them strengthen and enhance their wonderful cultural institutions.
The BC NDP will work to deal with the affordability issues facing this province and of course the cost of living is a huge issue for artists and cultural workers. The BC NDP’s housing program will help to create more affordable housing in Burnaby and that will be tremendously important for 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?
The BC Liberals have neglected arts, culture and heritage in our province. We need a government that invests in the arts and the actions I outlined above will make BC a global leader in the arts.
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 a deep and personal connection to the creative and cultural life in my community. I am a music teacher in the Burnaby school district and through my teaching I work to install a love of the creative arts in my students. I taught piano from 1995 to 2007.
My passion for the arts is reflected in my work as a three-term Burnaby City Councillor. Our city council supports the arts through our excellent civic facilities such as the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. I’m very excited that our council is moving forward with the development of the future Metrotown Performing Arts Centre.
On my personal time, I conduct a handbells choir, I sing with my kids, and I volunteer with the Burnaby Neighbourhood House Seniors’ Sing-a-long. As well, I enjoy jazz, tap, and hip-hop dancing.