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. John Horgan and the BC NDP have committed to doubling the BC Arts Council budget over the next four years. We've long been strong advocates of the Arts Council and the work it does.
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 double funding to the BC Arts Council over four years.
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?
BC NDP MLA's, including me, will continue to be strong champions for the arts and will continue to work with the BC Arts Council.
In your view, how can our provincial government maintain or grow the cultural sector across British Columbia?
The BC NDP has committed to investing in creative spaces, increasing funding for the BC Arts Council and Creative BC. These commitments, along with our investments in the film and television industry will set the table for strong growth in BC's arts and culture 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?
The BC NDP has committed to creating an arts infrastructure fund. The creations of this fund will allow a BC NDP government to partner with the federal government and municipal governments to deliver investments in creative and cultural spaces.
How will you improve cultural tourism in your community? How do you propose to attract and retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
A BC NDP government will work with artists and cultural workers to ensure that BC’s rich arts and culture offerings aren’t neglected in our tourism promotion efforts. Currently one of the biggest challenges for retaining artists in our communities is how unaffordable life has become under Christy Clark and the BC Liberal government, while giving billions in tax cuts to the richest British Columbians. They increased Hydro rates, ICBC premiums and ferry fares. They tripled tuition and doubled MSP fees. As our cities grew, they put steep tolls on key commuter bridges and ignored transit users. They did nothing while the price of housing and rent went through the roof.
John Horgan and the BC NDP will work for all British Columbians and take real action to make life more affordable – like reducing or eliminating fees, tolls and fares, while bringing in $10 a day childcare.
The BC NDP’s commitment to affordability will help attract and retain BC artists in BC communities.
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 relating to arts, culture and heritage in BC is the lack of government partnership and commitment to the arts. For the last 16 years Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have refused to work with other levels of government to nurture, celebrate and promote our arts and culture industry in BC. A BC NDP government would end this neglect and become active participants in the promotion of arts, culture and heritage in BC communities.
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.)
We have a vibrant arts community in Nanaimo - North Cowichan. The Chemainus Theatre is a nationally renowned theatre, and the Ladysmith Little Theatre and the Yellowpoint Theatre group and always be counted on for excellent productions. This year will be the 9th Ninth Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival. I attend as often as I can.
We also have an amazing collection of artists and art studios here. The annual Arts on the Avenue event will be held for the 19th time in Ladysmith. Potters, painters, fabric arts and more call this part of Vancouver Island their home. It is an amazing place and I am truly thrilled when I am able to support this vast collection of outstanding artists and performers.
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Although I am not a professional artist or performer, I truly enjoy every opportunity I get to join performers while they work. I'm honoured whenever I am invited, even for just a few minutes, to get up on stage and have some fun.
I truly believe that life without art is not a life worth living. Music, dance, acting, visual arts - all creative expressions - are vital to the social fabric of our community. We are so very lucky to have so many talented creative people in our community.