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?
Gary Korpan: I will review any proposal on their merits within the overall budget priorities and vote for what I believe is in the best general community interest.
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?
Gary Korpan: My record of supporting many arts facilities, cultural events and heritage activities is extensive. I still have the political scars for being the decisive vote in favour of the Port Theatre. I knew that with excellent acoustics it would be the proper home of the Vancouver Island Symphony, Nanaimo's Historic Concert Band, and many other musical and theatrical performers. I hosted a Blues radio show and am an active musician and music collector. Photography is a passion and helps keep me sane. Such endeavours make life better, even pleasurable.
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?
Gary Korpan: By encouraging the masochists who run for School Board to ensure educational opportunities in the various arts.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Gary Korpan: Re-establishing a knowledgeable advisory committee on Arts & Culture and actually listening to their recommendations.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Gary Korpan: Cultural spaces provision should be as important a priority as sports and recreational facilities.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Gary Korpan: Televised Council meetings can provide an effective forum for wide public dissemination of the activities presented to Mayor and Council. Re-establish an independent Tourism /Visitor Board that works cooperatively with local Arts & Cultural groups to coordinate publicity, promotion, and scheduling.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Gary Korpan: I seek a safe, secure City every citizen can proudly call home with educational & employment opportunities for all. We should follow the fundamental Golden Rule principle of: "Treat others like you would like to be treated." The new Council must respect their office, each other, staff, and most importantly, their bosses...the citizens of Nanaimo. Effective problem solving through cooperation is key. I will work diligently to reinstate the City's once positive partnership with the Port Authority, Snuneymuxw First Nation, School District 68, the Regional District, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo Airport, Chamber of Commerce, etc.
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?
Gary Korpan: Restoring the 'Shared Vision coalition' of community institutions that worked cooperatively and successfully together and advocated jointly with senior governments to implement City wide priorities should be expanded to include the Aquaculture Visitor Centre/Marine Pavilion proposal which would be an excellent tourism attraction when linked to revitalized Newcastle Island Park amenities and Snuneymuxw First Nation cultural activities. Renew efforts for private investment in Nanaimo including visitor accommodation downtown. Permit higher density & height including mixed commercial residential projects. Update tourism and Conference Center marketing and management.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Gary Korpan: See Advocacy answer above.
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.
Gary Korpan: Control of spending the current $180,000,000 budget revenue must be Council's immediate priority. Clearly, Nanaimo citizens are not receiving good value for their contributions to government. Severe homelessness, atrocious road conditions, poor park and trailway conditions, are prime indicators that better City government is sorely needed. Questions, information & suggestions via 250-758-9445 or GaryKorpan@Shaw.ca or https://www.facebook.com/gary.korpan Thank you for reading and...don't forget to vote. Gary