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?
My hope is to develop an Artist's area close to the downtown area.
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?
Of course I will. We currently have and "Artist Studio Tour" annually. There are many artists in our community. The artist in residence program has fostered some amazing events.
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?
Encouraging art projects that include local children's art. Our school district is very art oriented with large musical productions.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Currently we host a large Carribean festival. We are looking forward to a new Islamic mosque being built. Our community is a diverse welcoming community.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
One of my hopes is that we can develop some artists live/work studios. In order to support the many artists who live here already.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Building on our local First Nations communities, our agricultural and horseman groups, along with our artists. To develop an eco tourism destination in the lower mainland.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
As stated developing affordable housing and studio areas.
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?
Funding and accessibility. Our studio tour is amazing yet depends on one having a vehicle to attend. Transportation and accessibility to cultural events is also a challenge due to lack of service from translink.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
My spouse is a writer and an artist. We attend many events throughout the year.