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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?
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 am a current member of the CRD Arts Commission. View Royal was one of the founding (and proud) members of this wonderful service. I have attended the planning sessions, and supported significant improvements and funding options. All the commission agrees that infrastructure / centres will be the first item of business at the beginning of the next 4 year term. I also attended vision discussions for both the Royal and McPherson long term funding / ownership issues. These are regional gems. Let's sort this out.
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. Creative funding both municipally (annual grants in aid), and regionally through the Arts Commission.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Continue to be part of the CRD Arts Commission, as well as work to support the Westshore Arts Council (already in discussions)
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
CRD Arts Commission recognizes this to be a priority, and will make this one of the first initiatives in 2019 (business case, planning, inter-municipal funding etc)
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
The CRD Arts Commission will soon have a NEW website / map for regional public art. We will promote this with Tourism Victoria too. I will lobby for town funding for outdoor art for visitors to enjoy. We have the Fort Victoria (many tourists). We will install large wayfinding signs that will show where the parks, trails and public art are all located, as well as link it to websites.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
View Royal is a very beautiful location. Emily Carr bought her caravan here to paint! We have the lowest taxes in the region. Artists can afford to live here. We will be hiring a new communications person to re-develop our website for such purposes... to promote our safe walkable neighbourhoods, 2 regional trails, wildlife,.... We also have a new casino theatre... Elements Casino has agreed to offer schedule dates for cultural performances, art shows 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?
Piece meal heritage. Greater Victoria has NO collective history. The Royal BC Museum is NOT the answer.. it isn't their mandate. The area should have one large museum that can store / display those significant artifacts, be the central database of archival information, and put on programs so residents can gain a historic identity. I am a member of both the Nanaimo and Vancouver Museums. They know what they're doing. Victoria's is woefully inadequate and we are losing out on a major tourist amenity. When I went to little San Angel. TX last week (same population as View Royal), I went to 4 amazing museums. Toronto has the Bata Shoe Museum. Stunning. Our maritime museum is a lost opportunity. Campbell River's is terrific. I like Sookes and Sidney... but can do much more with those large important artifacts. Preservation is important. Don't get me started on heritage buildings....
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I am a member of the CRD Arts Commission. Mayor Screech was chair last term. I also attend as many of the plays, performances as i can. I always look forward to the Sooke and Sidney's Art Shows. Must see.
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.
I strongly support View Royal's long standing contribution to the CRD Arts Commission, and its investment in Arts and Culture ($2m/year). In 2016, 3600 events were funded with 613,000 attendees. While the town's archives is terrific, I am concerned about the lack of heritage protection and preservation in View Royal. I also would advocate Greater Victoria invest in a regional museum for its many valuable artifacts. This isn't just for a regional historic identity dating back to the First Peoples, but has significant economic benefits ... tourists stay longer for history. Vancouver, Courtney, Campbell River... all have achieved this. It is Victoria's turn.