Ben Geselbracht

Name

Ben Geselbracht

Jurisdiction

Nanaimo

Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)

N/A

Funding

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?

City invests in Culture and Heritage roughly 11M. I commit to advocating for increase in cultural investments within the capacity of our elected body.

Advocacy

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?

I would take an active role on behalf of our local government in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage because it improves the health and vibrancy of the community. It also improves the local economy and makes for a more livable city.

Education

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?

Yes, by promoting it in the community and giving it value.

Cultural Growth

How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?

By demonstrating the benefit to the communities well-being.

Cultural Spaces

Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?

Yes, though zoning, incentives and grants.

Cultural Tourism

How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?

Making sure our economic development and tourism functions are integrated and communicating with the amazing arts and cultural programs within the city.

How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

By investing in the arts and insuring our city follows smart urban development and makes our urban nodes very livable and vibrant spaces.

Key Issues

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?

Most important issue is restoring a separate Arts, Culture and Heritage program in the city with its own committee and not have it collapsed into social planning.

Participation

How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

I like to attend as many different arts and culture events as possible. I really appreciate music in the city. Through a small non-profit organization I co-founded I support my partner and team to put on an annual community festival in the South End of Nanaimo called Food, Art, Fun. This year I built a large public art installation called the Communitree. This was a giant wooden tree structure where every participant painted a wooden leaf with hopeful words and hung it off one of the branches.

Additional Information

If you'd like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture, and heritage issues in your community, please use the space below.

Arts, Culture and Heritage is a fundamental aspect of our community life and provides the vehicle to allow us to gather and socialize. Investing and engaging in these activities builds a strong community and it is important that we all recognize this as such. We must ensure that Arts, Culture and Heritage remains a pillar in Nanaimo's planning and give it the proper attention and funding it deserves.