Lisa Marie Barron
School District #68: Nanaimo-Ladysmith
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?
Within the school district, there are investments made to provide opportunities for arts, culture and heritage. There are classes, programs and events available to students, educators, staff and the surrounding community. However, there is much room for improvement through an increased emphasis and allocation of such investments with the understanding of the positive impact on student learning made available as a result.
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?
If elected, I will continue to actively advocate for the growth of arts, culture and heritage within our schools and surrounding community. I am committed to building community through our public schools. Arts, culture and heritage are an essential component of enriched student learning and opportunities for educational success.
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, if elected, I commit to continuing to advocate for enriched education for students through arts and culture. It is in the best interest of our students to have access to such opportunities which improve student experiences in education through decreased stress, healthier relationships and diverse forms of expression.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
If elected, I will advocate for decisions that align with the Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools goals, including that of continuing the work surrounding reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and ensuring the vision of increasing student success. This will require ensuring the budget coincides with this vision and funding is allocated appropriately. Allocation of funding towards cultural programs is necessary to support the work required to move forward with the recommended actions towards reconciliation and improving student success.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Absolutely, access to cultural spaces should be accessible to all. Working with stakeholders to ensure cultural spaces within our schools and surrounding our schools is in the best interest of our students and, if elected, coincides directly with my priorities surrounding building healthier, inclusive communities in our schools.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
If elected as trustee, I would continue to work collaboratively with community stakeholders to improve arts and culture within and surrounding our schools. Communities composed of ample cultural and artistic means of expression, participation and engagement are healthier communities. The attraction of such events within a healthier community will result in improved tourism. Nanaimo Ladysmith as a culturally healthy community is a place people want to visit and be.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Within the school district, there are many opportunities to attract and retain artists and cultural workers through the implementation and continuation of cultural and artistic programming. Retaining school district staff that can deliver such programs and to bring in workers where appropriate within our schools to deliver programs including theatre, dance and arts to our students will benefit all those in the district and ensure our children and future generation have eclectic, positive artistic and cultural experiences.
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?
I feel the biggest issue within the school district is ensuring arts and culture are understood as paramount in the provision of enriched, engaging education for our students. If elected, I would ensure I am advocating for the inclusion of arts and culture in our schools.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
As a mother and resident of the district, we participate in many cultural and art events in our community. For example, we regularly attend local cultural events and festivals, and visit art exhibits, gallery and museums.
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.
Yes, I'm always happy to provide more information.