James Robertson

Name

James Robertson

Jurisdiction

Port Moody

Running for

City/Town Council

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?

300-500k. Yes, in partnership with public and private partnerships

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. We have a unique historical/heritage sector that hasn't been appropriately supported or capitalized on. There is lots of opportunity to further to develop and enrich this area in concert with transit oriented growth.

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?

Yes - by continuing to provide art based activities and educational opportunities/workshop at our community centers

Cultural Growth

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

Seeking more opportunities in private and public partnerships

Cultural Spaces

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

Big time - by seeking developer contributions aligned with community based priorities. Also, by inspiring cultural/arts based innovation through beautiful design/architecture for any growth based development.

Cultural Tourism

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

My platform proposes we look to build an event like City of Victoria's Moss St Paint in and have a symphony in the sea signature event during the summer

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

Providing more affordable housing and artists based enclave (like Granville island) as a part of our community development plans

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 our city live up to its name as "City of the Arts"

Participation

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

Board of Directors for a Hatchery and Marine enhancement society

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.

Please look at my platform: www.jamesrobertson.ca where address some questions directly within my platform