Julius Bloomfield

Name

Julius Bloomfield

Jurisdiction

Penticton

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?

I am prepared to commit 2% of the budget towards the arts.

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?

Absolutely. The arts is a mainstay of the community and the local economy.

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 way of art competitions and exhibitions

Cultural Growth

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

By including the arts in the economic development plan for the city

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, by working with the building department to allow for innovative renovations of old buildings

Cultural Tourism

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

By proposing to add art as a recipient of a portion of the hotel tax.

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

By all of the above

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?

For the art community to feel that the city is on their side. By doing all of the above.

Participation

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

I'm not on any committees but I attend many art events in the city

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.

The arts are an often underutilized and under-appreciated part of our economy. Including the arts in our economic plan will help bring tourism and build a community spirit that will attract new businesses and residents