Party or Slate (if applicable)
Do you know how much your local government invests in the arts? Would you commit to advocating for an increase in that cultural investment for arts, culture, and heritage in your community, within the capacity of your elected body?
I would advocate for more cultural investment and looking into new ways to promote engagement with arts and culture, including providing community spaces.
If elected, will you take an active role on behalf of your local government in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage in your community? Why?
Yes. Arts and culture a a truly important vehicle for intercultural understanding. They are also important for increasing social connectivity and pride in place.
Students with an education rich in the arts have better grade point averages and are three times more likely to get a degree. Will you commit to making the arts a critical component of every child’s education? If so, how?
This is a critical point, and arts are the most likely subjects to face budget cuts. As a councilor, we don't have a lot of influence on curriculum, but we can use some city funding to provide arts classes or cultural workshops. We also support advocacy for funding from our trustees. We can also look into ways to showcase arts from our schools publicly.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
We should be increasing funding where possible and audit where we are loosing programing in order to restore what is needed in our community.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes. By asking for free or very affordable spaces to be included in redevelopment of our city-owned spaces and asking developers to provide them as well. We can also look into using privately owned public spaces for programing.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
I would like to see our city develop an Indigenous walk (https://www.visitmelbourne.com/regions/melbourne/things-to-do/aboriginal-victoria/arts-and-culture/aboriginal-heritage-walk), as well as having community festivals that showcase local art. We also have a brewery row, and I would love to investigate how we could provide artist spaces there.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
I would like to look into changing some commercial zoning, such that rents might decrease for local artists.
What do you feel is the single most important issue relating to arts, culture, and heritage in your community, and what action will you take to address it?
My city is called the city of the arts. I feel it would be important to host a round table for local artists, to see what supports they feel are lacking, not just funding, though local artists have said there is a lack of funding as well.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I am a local musical artist - I play at community events and rallies to support causes such as nature preservation and SOGI. I have also advocated for a rainbow crosswalk.