School District #38: Richmond
Party or Slate (if applicable)
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 do not know. I will absolutely advocate for arts, culture and heritage. We must build strong cultural institutions, complete communities and stimulate a creative economy.
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, because it is important for our history and community. It brings us all together in celebration.
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, advocate for more funding to add different and unique arts to School District 38. We live in a culturally rich area, we need to expand into our community.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Through public support and funding
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes, I will advocate with the senior staff and administration the importance of these spaces
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Cultural tourism is important for various reasons; it has a positive economic and social impact, it establishes and reinforces identity. To improve it we must invest in it. Culture facilitates harmony and understanding among people.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
We need affordable housing. We need more place like Branscombe House Artist Residency.
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?
Funding, we need to continue to advocate for funding
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I have two small kids and as a family we love Children’s Arts Festival, Richmond Maritime Festival, Richmond World Festival, The Grand Prix of Art and Culture Days