John Becker

Name

John Becker

Jurisdiction

Pitt Meadows

Running for

Mayor

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?

I championed the first ever Arts Culture and Heritage position at City Hall. We spend just over $300,000.00. I believe that a greater investment makes good sense particularly when we bring in film revenue.

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 have done so over the past 4 years and will continue to do so

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?

Local government has no direct authority in school curriculum. That said we are engaging students in our new art gallery and promoting fine arts

Cultural Growth

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

in a a time of limited resources I must lead the community dialogue to get sup[port and buy in for the greater investment

Cultural Spaces

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

In my term as Mayor we created the first ever Art Gallery in Pitt Meadows

Cultural Tourism

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

Special events that will attract regional participation of artists and the general public. We are also including an arts component to existing community events

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

Foster the local artists community through gallery showings, workshops and public art commissions

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?

Changing the perspective on arts and culture from frill to core service. I speak often on the matter and will support an increase in the budget

Participation

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

As Mayor I attend all showings at the art gallery, thank the artitist and make my pitch for arts and culture

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.

Yes please. whatever you have.