Carrie McLaren


Carrie McLaren



Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)

Green Party


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?

Current funding is not enough in the city of Burnaby for Arts, Culture and Heritage. I would advocate for an increase


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 advocate for an inventory, cultural mapping of the city programs to help find where we can improve (updated City museum, city theater spaces, programs available, etc).


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?

Of course, I enjoyed art and music in school - even though I wasn't the best at it - and will commit to do what I can to help make sure arts are available for children's education. How - depends on what the needs are. We would look at the community Arts in the city as a whole, working in partnership with school boards and arts and culture groups to make sure needs are met.

Cultural Growth

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

Unsure at this time, as it requires careful thought and cooperation with current program providers as to needs.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes - there are spaces that could be shared in the city now, in conjunction with other groups and schools. We need to do an inventory of the available spaces, and see where we are lacking.

Cultural Tourism

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

Research - then implement after consultation with community providers of arts, culture and heritage programs and facilities. What is popular with tourists changes from year to year, so having robust and adaptable offerings would help the local business, programs and groups. Partner Metro Vancouver communities to work together on attracting tourism for the arts.

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

1. Work on making sure that everyone can afford to live and work in the city with housing solutions to fulfill the spectrum of housing needs.

2. partner with artists, programs, in Burnaby and surrounding Metro Vancouver communities to work together on what we can do to have a healthy and vibrant arts and culture sector.


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

I've unfortunately not had time lately to enjoy the local cultural life, other than my annual visit to Burnaby Heritage Village. If you count knitting and crochet as an art - I belong to a group who get together weekly in Burnaby.