Jessica McIlroy

Name

Jessica McIlroy

Jurisdiction

City of North Vancouver

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?

The City claims to spend over $750,000 on arts and culture each year. I commit to consulting with all our arts and culture organizations to determine what investment levels are required to ensure arts, culture and heritage are a significant part of our community.

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. I believe arts, culture and heritage are an extremely important part of ensuring we have a well rounded and vibrant community. Art and culture are what bring people together and allow for connections between citizens. It provides us with opportunities of expression and moments of joy.

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. In the City of North Van our arts and culture organizations are doing a wonderful job of connected with students. Children visit galleries, museums and the theatre and staff of this organizations come into the classroom to work with kids. I would ensure that this connection and interaction between students and the art and culture entities in the city continues and increases where possible.

Cultural Growth

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

Having the financial resources to grow investment in cultural programs in the City will require an assessment of how community amenity contributions are provided for through development and how funding can be leveraged through the provincial and federal governments.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes. I'm interested in seeing if we can provide a combined studio and commercial space in the City similar to artists collectives and studio spaces found in other cities.

Cultural Tourism

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

I've been in conversation with Tourism Vancouver and local galleries in North Vancouver to learn more about how we can promote the Lower Lonsdale area as a tourist destination. We need to work collaboratively with Tourism Vancouver, the North Van Chamber of Commerce and the Lower Lonsdale BIA to continue to create and promote our community as a vibrant and attractive area for tourists.

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

Providing affordable housing and can be combined into live/work and studio spaces and by improving mobility flow to make North Vancouver an interesting and attractive place for people to life, work, visit, and shop.

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?

Access. Bringing arts and culture out into public spaces and to people where they gather.

Participation

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

Our family visits our local art galleries, attend an extensive amount of community events, and attend theatre performances. We greatly value arts and culture in our community.