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?
In 2018, Squmish has set an investment of $45,000 in funding towards the Arts Council Partnership within the budget. At minimum, I would advocate for a modest per annum inflationary adjustment to this funding level (based on CPI) as a fair way to contribute support our local arts community.
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 would advocate for growth of arts and culture in Squamish. By growing culture, you build community, which drives investment. This cycle is essential, and currently we are missing the most important part. It is up to all of us to come up with a consensus plan as to how we can best accommodate this growth and build on our already strong community culture.
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, I would commit to a program focused on delivering arts education to students via funding for an Artist in Residence to visit schools within the District of Squamish. This opportunity would provide students with mentorship and access to various arts and culture as an outreach program for our youth.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
I would seek to grow the cultural programs in Squamish by partnering with the organizers of both the Harmony arts festival, and the Lighthouse festival in West Vancouver to bring more culture to our community.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
I would be eager to consider the space requirements of the various arts organizations in Squamish. We have a need for more performance arts space as well as infrastructure upgrades to various facilities that our community depends on to grow our unique culture.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Squamish is a tourism destination for many diverse activities, and as such I would engage with both the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Squamish to develop a comprehensive plan to enable our community to flourish with respect to cultural tourism.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Retaining artists requires a community and culture to nourish the development of local artists. Part of this means examining our existing operations, services, and facilities, and coming to realize new opportunities for community growth. In particular, Squamish needs to embrace diversification while maintaining the essential fabric of life here in the community. Through focused policy, implementation and community awareness, we will attract and retain artists and cultural workers within our community.
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?
While multiple important issues exist within the arts community, the key problem is the lack of affordable space within Squamish, which will require innovative approach to consider potential solutions. I believe in Prioritizing Squamish, which is about setting achievable goals for the community. I would be a strong advocate for economic diversification, within the context of a balanced approach to sustainable growth and cultural stewardship for our community. I am guided by the principles to Inform, Inspire, and Innovate as a means to help citizens build a strong community in which to grow and live.
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 committed to attending a number of arts and cultural events each year in Squamish, including the Brackendale Arts Gallery. As a member of this community, I believe that each of us needs to contribute to building and maintaining our cultural spirit via volunteer opportunities, and attending local events to support our artists.
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If you reflect on history, back in the day of Mozart there existed a culture that centred around the immense value of music. In fact, this culture was the crucial catalyst that allowed for Mozart to become one of the greatest composers ever. I wonder what would have become of him had this culture not existed and fostered his growth? The exact same principles apply in our community, whereby culture drives growth and sustainability, and thus it is our responsibility to cherish and nourish this vital process.