Debbie Cherkas


Debbie Cherkas



Running for

City/Town Council

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?

Do not know what the council has spent.


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 as long as it fits into the budget without going into debt.


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 if the budget is available. This is my first time on council so I am not sure what has been done in the past.

Cultural Growth

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

Being new to council I am not sure what has been done in the past and what expectation can be committed to with the budget numbers not known.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes I am aware of the art shows and exhibitions around the area. I do attend the shows and plays preformed in town. I also attend and partake in the music concerts in town.

Cultural Tourism

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

Advertise, Advertise, and Advertise

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

I believe Creston has a strong community for artists and for music performances. With the current shows and exhibits I feel that they are being looked after.

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?

Making sure that the citizens have the choice that they do. With the many genres of music we need to make sure we are attracting the right audience.


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

Attend art galleries, attend plays and go to all the free events in town.