Marnie Wilson

Name

Marnie Wilson

Jurisdiction

School District #35: Langley

Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)

N/A

Funding

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 am not sure of the exact amount that my local government invests and I do not believe the school board budget lists arts & culture as a separate line item, but I would definitely advocate for an increase because I do not believe we have enough budgeted in our district.

Advocacy

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?

I will take an active role in championing growth in the school district community.

Education

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 have seen the value of the arts and art therapy in my time working in the schools with special needs students. I believe we can create more opportunities for the arts in our school district by first allocating more funding, then hiring more teachers and offering more classes, and lastly by providing more spaces for displaying or performing.

Cultural Growth

How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?

A campaign to raise awareness of local artists and venues would be a good start.

Cultural Spaces

Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?

I would need to research how I could do this in my role as Trustee once elected.

Key Issues

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?

Not enough designated spaces for the arts.