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?
The 2018 arts and cultural budget was approximately $900,000, which is approximately 2.5% of the overall operating budget. I would advocate for increased funding, if warranted, with new initiatives, programs and events.
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?
Port Moody has designated itself the City of the Arts and we continue to champion that title with exploring and creating new programs and events year after year, so definitely! I am committed to the implementation of the City's 2017 Arts and Culture Master Plan (ten-year plan). Arts and culture provides for the expression and celebration of values within our community that help define our sense of place, while providing for jobs and contributing to our local economy.
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 can commit to continue to support the many cultural programs, focused on youth, that the City of Port Moody hosts including an annual painting of community banners, an annual Youth Arts Festival, and regular showcasing of youth arts in civic facilities, and welcoming ideas for new youth-focused initiatives.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
The City in late 2017 approved a ten-year Arts and Culture Plan that lays out action items, identified as short-medium-long term activities, to build culture capacity. It is the role of Council to ensure that those action items get supported with appropriate funding.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
The City currently provides space for the Port Moody Arts Society to operate a functional Arts Centre that includes space for expression of aspects of the arts, with work space, galleries and a shop for selling of arts products. I would look further to encourage the creation of new, sustainable, cultural spaces in upcoming private developments, including public space as well as maker-spaces.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
I would encourage the adoption and implementation of a recently-produced, Tourism Strategic Plan that includes a segment focused on the attractiveness of the incredibly rich cultural opportunities that Port Moody offers, including local galleries, and many festivals and events.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
The City needs to provide more affordable space for arts and cultural workers, including collaboration space. The City can work with private developers to provide such space in upcoming developments as community amenities, as well as provide space in public facilities as it had recently done with an Artist-in-the-Park living in park caretaker suites.
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?
Sustainable funding for programs and events, particularly new initiatives seems to be an ongoing challenge for those in our community.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
While I have participated on committees in the past, my involvement now is focused on attending the many, many events and festivals in the City of Port Moody, with a commitment to purchase local art products at galleries and farmers markets.