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?
Yes, to both questions.
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, culture and heritage are the foundation for community values. These areas of human interaction and engagement establish the core values that determine and articulate who we are. A strong identity and values that establish and maintain community relationships provides the context for economic well-being. Financial investments in arts, culture and heritage have a great return on investment in both economic and social terms.
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?
I would advocate that our local School Board takes arts - in particular performing arts (dance, music, theatre) more seriously. Music structured my life and it was school programs that provided my connection to music and other arts.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Continued support for existing programs and new funding for new initiatives.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
I will work with our community to identify the needs for cultural spaces and work with local government to build out the facilities we need.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Support for existing festivals. Destination marketing.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
More complicated. Artists and cultural workers are not unique - they face the same challenges to living well in times of economic inequality and affordability as others.
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?
Financial support for young artists. I will ensure that our local government does not exploit young artists and will always compensate them fairly for their contributions.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I attend as many arts events as possible. I have been actively involved in local Arts Council and other committees in the past.