Megan Dykeman

Name

Megan Dykeman

Jurisdiction

School District #35: Langley

Running for

School Board

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?

Yes, to both questions. I believe the township of Langley should increase their investment in the area of arts and culture. I have been a strong advocate in this area and will continue to be.

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?

Yes, I am passionate about the arts, both of my children attend an arts school and are passionate about their studies. I have been a strong advocate and will continue to be for our 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?

Please see answer above. I fully agree with this statement and will continue to be a strong advocate. As a trustee I advocate strongly for the arts to be a component of all of school programming.

Cultural Growth

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

Although I cannot speak for the Council, I can say as a Trustee, I will continue to work with the board to support arts and cultural programs within our community.

Cultural Spaces

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

Although not within the mandate of the school board, I do believe that affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations is a vital part of a complete community. I would like to see how the school district can, within its mandate, support these initiatives.

Cultural Tourism

How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?

Although not within the mandate of the school board, I do believe that cultural tourism is a vital part of a complete community. I would like to see how the school district can, within its mandate, support these initiatives.

How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

Although not within the mandate of the school board, I would like to see how the school district can, within its mandate, support these initiatives.

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?

I believe the single most important issue facing arts, culture and heritage is the ability to communicate why these areas matter to all. Why they are so important to our society and in a world of balancing competing needs why these areas should be funded, and how that translates into a smart and important investment in our community!

Participation

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 a strong supporter of arts and culture. Both of my children attend arts schools and are passionate about the arts. I attend as many cultural events as I can and my daughter has a Langley Arts Council membership.