School District #39: Vancouver
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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?
Arts and Culture are important components to a healthy and vibrant society and are reflected in the new K-12 curriculum. As a trustee I would advocate for all of Vancouver's students, teachers and schools having the resources they need to fully engage in the K-12 arts curriculum, to nurture students' love and appreciation for arts, culture and heritage.
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?
The growth of arts, culture and heritage in our community would provide additional learning opportunities for our students, as well as being important for the broader community, so I would champion this as a trustee.
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?
The provincial government is the primary funder of public education so I would continue to advocate to the Ministry of Education for adequate and reliable funding such that every student can reach their full potential.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
As a school district we can support our teachers in adopting the new curriculum and grow the district's connections to local artists and cultural partners.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
The VSB is looking to work more closely with the City and Park Board to better utilize VSB spaces during out of school hours. As schools are publicly funded we should maximize community use out of hours.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Schools bring artists into their classrooms and/or visit arts, cultural or heritage sites to enrich their education. We can work to improve local neighbourhood connections as well as those for Vancouver as a whole.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
The school board can improve connections with artists and partner cultural agencies to enrich students' education, which will support the cultural community.
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?
The City is undertaking a Creative City Strategy and the VSB should fully participate with the understanding that arts, culture and heritage exposure and participation are key components to student success.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
As a current trustee I attend many arts and culture events at schools and thoroughly enjoy both the student performances and events for students. As a district we need to ensure that events are equitably available for all students, and that students' families know when they are invited to their school for cultural events so that there can be greater participation for the whole school community.
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Green School Board Trustee candidates are in full support of arts, culture and heritage as part of the K-12 curriculum because we know how important it is for young people to be able to connect with their feelings and be confident in expressing themselves. Public education has the power to bring school communities together and ensure a voice for any marginalized or vulnerable students. A commitment to arts, culture and heritage is a commitment to our students' success.