Township of Langley
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?
Approximately .5% of the annual budget (excluding Libraries)
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. Arts, Culture & Heritage develops Community for all of us. Developing Community is one of my 6 priorities for the next term. (See kimrichter.com)
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?
I believe in this. My 3 children attended the Fort Langley Fine Arts School. I think they are all stronger adults as a result of their education in this school.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
I would like to see a Performing and Visual Arts Center in Langley Township similar to the new center in South Surrey.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes. New Development in Langley Township needs to foster artists similar to what has been done to date in Fort Langley.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Our Township Economic Development strategies need to reinforce how important the Arts are to Langley Township and need to showcase them. So many new opportunities exist because of how vibrant our Arts community is.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
1. Encourage development that promotes and fosters artists and artisans (like in Fort Langley); 2. Develop a central cultural center; 3. Keep supporting and encouraging local artists through tourism strategies; 4. Provide opportunities for local artists and artisans to showcase their work; 5. Celebrate our young artists; and 6. Enshrine the importance of artists in our local communities by honouring their achievements.
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 is the single most important issue. I will work to promote more exposure in both public and private venues for our local artists/artisans. Getting people interested in seeing and participating in all types of artistic and cultural events will go a long way to supporting our local artists/artisans.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I think our politicians should support local artists by buying their works. I do. I proudly display all these art works by local artists in my home. I also support our local performing arts venues like the Langley Playhouse and Bez Arts.
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My middle son, Sterling, is an artist who graduated from Emily Carr with 2 degrees after attending the Fort Langley Fine Arts School. I am so proud of him and the education he got here in Langley Township. Artists (and their works) are forever!