Louis De Jaeger
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?
Funding is fractured. I would advocate for stable and reliable funding as well as grants for special events.
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 and Culture are soul of every community.
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?
Recognition via bursary award. Access to Culturally appropriate events within the city.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
By becoming more involved in First Nations celebrations, re-establishing the Chilliwack Heritage Commission (Heritage/History Walks), offer financial support the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes. Offering city spaces at no-charge.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
By Adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Linking relationships with Chilliwack Tourism and Sto:lo Tourism. Become a major sponsor the Spirit of the People Pow Wow. (2nd largest in BC)
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Offer opportunities for murals in the downtown core. Low-fee permits for buskers. Sponsor concert series events.
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?
It is fractured. Their needs to be a welcoming united organization and the city can play a part in facilitating such an organization.
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 on the BOD of the Spirit of the People Pow Wow. I help organize Metis cultural events. Support the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra. Past-Vice President of the Downtown Business Improvement Association. (organizes many downtown events)
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Culture helps build better communities. Investing in Culture is an investment in the well-being of the health of our community.