Craig Speirs

Name

Craig Speirs

Jurisdiction

Maple Ridge

Running for

Mayor

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 would advocate for an increase in arts, culture and heritage. Its a prime economic driver.

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 would and I do right now. They make being a citizen a richer experience.

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?

I was part of building our arts center The ACT and now its time to take the arts out into the community. I want to strengthen our relationship with our school district to do so.

Cultural Growth

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

I want to build a new museum and archive, we almost made it happen this past mandate. If I get another its near the top of my list.

Cultural Spaces

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

I will partner with entities that can compliment our cultural assets. One thought is to combine a hotel with a museum and archive.

Cultural Tourism

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

We need to build more cultural assets in various parts of our community.

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

We have two artists in residents, I would add another if possible. We need more galleries and other venues that allow artists to make a living.

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?

Public access, I would create a permanent arts studio tour with the ability for artist to be open if they wish.

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 am an artist and my wife is an artist. She is president of the local arts club and we go to all the gallery openings and many of the other arts events in the community.

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 believe arts, culture and heritage are prime economic drivers and when we invest in them we invest in economic development. Quality employers in the creative industries are looking for interesting communities with a rich lifestyle for their employees. They are not a frill, they are critical for a communities health.