Your Political Party of BC
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?
Other. I fully support increasing investment in BC Arts. However, YPP is founded on a collaborative approach to decision-making. This means that individual constituents would have to directly vote to increase Arts funding. I am committed to advocating for the increase and facilitating the processes to make it happen.
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. As I believe Arts and Arts funding is essential to a flourishing societal life, I would absolutely advocate for Arts investment.
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?
The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture can help by continuing to be an active voice in advocating for increases to the BC Arts Council. In particular, continuing to push for the implementation of a guiding Cultural Policy Framework. Furthermore, BC Alliance should be an integral part of developing cultural policy legislation and helping government understand the best allocation of funding. YPP fully supports the involvement of individuals and organizations with specialized knowledge in particular areas.
In your view, how can our provincial government maintain or grow the cultural sector across British Columbia?
By continuing to invest in a strong cultural sector. This investment should be subject to the twin requirements of transparency and participation in allocation. People should have full information about the allocation of public funds in order to make informed decisions about government spending. Secondly, once the government has decided to make certain amounts of money available for the cultural sector, communities themselves should have an opportunity to determine the best allocation of that funding within their community. Members of the cultural sector are best placed to understand the needs of their communities, and should be the primary decision-maker when it comes to allocations of funding.
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?
Absolutely. I would continue to support public initiatives like SpaceFinderBC, which allows people in the cultural sector to coordinate and collaborate in finding and using creative spaces. I would also expand the scope of the BC Collaborative Spaces Program, and look into investing into permanent, public artistic spaces, which could be operated by government agencies in the public interest, and permanently available to members of the 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?
YPP is interested in supporting sustainable tourism in British Columbia. This requires a local approach to tourism, placing the ability in the hands of the artists and cultural workers to tell their own story. We would work with the local cultural sectors to understand the particular needs and stories of that community, and would utilize government resources allocated to the promotion of cultural tourism to tell those stories in a way that further empowers those communities to have control over their own representation. This would include reducing the regulatory hoops that artists have to go through to have a public performance.
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?
Inclusive and diverse representation. Cultural expression should be used to challenge power dynamics of the status quo. It can accomplish this thorugh artistic production from individuals from different backgrounds and facing different challenges, which all tell different stories. To support this diversity, I would continue to allow the artistic community to choose its own allocation of resources in a democratic way. Allocation of public funding to support the arts should be a way to allow the cultural sector to exercise autonomy in constructing and developing their community in the way they want to.
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.)
Primarily by attending cultural events, mostly concerts, plays, movies, and have recently started attending the Ballet. I also attend art openings and poetry and other readings when able.