Christine Cunningham

Name

Christine Cunningham

Jurisdiction

Burnaby

Running for

School Board

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?

I am not sure how much Burnaby invests in the arts but I believe it is not enough. I would advocate for an increase in that cultural investment for arts, culture and heritage within the capacity of my 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?

Yes. I believe that arts, culture and heritage feed the soul, benefitting people of all ages, abilities and stages of life.

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, definitely. By finding ways to pay for instruments and art supplies. By proposing singing in the classroom, not just in choir. By making arts cool. By encouraging collaboration amongst the arts eg. art, drama, music and dance classes working together on a theatre production. By encouraging free after school arts programs.

Cultural Growth

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

It will seek advice from our artists, musicians, dancers and others for their ideas on how to grow cultural programs in the community. It will look for opportunities to showcase local talent.

Cultural Spaces

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

To the extent that being a School Trustee might allow. It may be in keeping with the idea of community schools to provide space in schools for artists.

Cultural Tourism

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

By advertising art, culture and heritage and incorporating art, culture and heritage in our public spaces.

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

This is a question for Council candidates

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?

I would have to say funding. I would consider whether schools and the arts community might have a more reciprocal relationship such that some shared funding could occur.

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 take water colour and other classes at the community centre. I have seasons tickets to the theatre for me and a friend. I visit the art gallery. I help my artist friend source materials and I create art with my grandchildren.

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.

I would especially like to see children and adults with special needs find joy, purpose and self worth through the arts.