School District #10: Arrow Lakes
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?
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. For certain students, the arts is the best path to their learning. Understanding about cultural diversity opens up the world to many students in rural and remote areas which are populated by one culture.
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. I will promote a budget that includes programs that present cultural and musical diversity. I will promote a budget that includes musical programs and instruction at every level. I will attempt to re-connect with the local Arts Council to share in the presentations that they bring to our area.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
As a teacher who taught in richer times, I am aware that, since my retirement, Aboriginal programs have grown in the district. I am aware, also, that other programs, ie programs through the ArtStarts program, seem to be less and less frequent. I will work toward having more of this type of entertainment occurring more frequently.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
At a school level, I am interested in having an 'art' show.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Personally, I support artists and their creations.
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?
Again, within the schools, the music program seems to be particularly lacking. I will make an effort to reinstate a band program in the high schools.
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 many arts and culture events. I buy crafts and art for gifts.