Jennifer Holmes

Electoral Riding

Abbotsford-Mission

Party Affiliation

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 and culture are an integral part of a community. The telling of our stories and sharing abstract ideas has helped societies grow, learn and most important, question the direction it may be heading. To me this is most important in our changing world.

Advocacy

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. I would do my best to help give the Arts community a voice and help advocate for funding and sponsorship.

Cultural Growth

In your view, how can our provincial government maintain or grow the cultural sector across British Columbia?

The participation of all community members is key. Access to funds is important but so to is public participation. Helping communities across BC with resources, education and meaning will foster support of the arts .

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 options for access to space are endless. The public sector is only the beginning. The private sector offers creative solutions through donation of under used spaces within existing real estate. Connecting with everyone and being inclusive, thinking outside the box for solutions is key.

Cultural Tourism

How will you improve cultural tourism in your community? How do you propose to attract and retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

Culture belongs to the people. Fostering pride in your community should always be encouraged but it cannot be invented by government. Access to more artistic and cultural space is important as is affordable housing for those in pursuing the arts.

Key Issues

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?

Accessibility to the arts by the general public is so important. Cultural heritage should be embraced and the best of our histories should be shared. Lately the American "melting pot" approach to cultural diversity has resulted in an increase of intolerance of those coming to Canada. The Aboriginal people of Canada have long been shut out of the conversation. This ideology og assimilation is bad for the arts and stifles the richness of Canadian society.

Participation

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 am an active supporter of all things cultural. Music in the Park at Heritage Park, attending the Diwali Festival at the Clarke Theatre or listening to live music at The Stage in Mission are just a few of the events I have attended since moving to Mission. I still travel into Vancouver for other events and concerts but I find more and more things to go to in the valley.

Additional Feedback

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!

In school it was music theatre and acting that first introduced me to the Arts. My parents always encouraged us to participate in new experiences, new cultures and it is thanks to them that I actively search out new experiences in the arts and culture. I am an observer and a participant in the arts, taking pastel to paper or supporting the local Ukrainian society on Perogy night. 

For a few years I was involved with The Vancouver TheatreSports League when they were still putting on shows at Thurlow and Alberni. So many great memories!