Penny Mussio

Name

Penny Mussio

Jurisdiction

Vancouver

Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)

Coalition Vancouver

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 I am aware of the funding amounts. I am a friend of arts, culture and heritage and would definitely advocate for greater City investment.

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 would take an active role. I am a friend of arts, culture and heritage and would definitely advocate for growth of arts, culture and heritage in the City. The most livable cities in the world have a strong focus on arts, culture and heritage (eg. New York, Paris, London, etc...) and we should follow their lead.

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 am a retired school teacher, counsellor and department head. I understand the need for Art programs in the school system. I will be sure to voice my opinions to the School Trustees elected on October 20 as I do have a particular knowledge and experience plus a love for art.

Cultural Growth

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

Vancouver is falling behind major world cities in the availability of venues for theatre productions not to mention museums. Part of the City plan should involve ensuring there is City investment into mores venues for arts and culture.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, Vancouver is falling behind major world cities in available venues for theatre productions not to mention museums. The City does little to encourage art in Vancouver. We need to provide incentives to increase the growth of the industry while keeping the cost to the consumer down.

Cultural Tourism

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

A dream would be to attract theatre productions similar to New York and London. Part of Granville Street should be the theatre district. Those cities see a large economic benefit in promoting theatre. Vancouver should model itself after those two fantastic cities when in comes to art and culture.

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

Venues housing theatre productions, art displays, museums should see a large tax break on property taxes. Grants from the City should be considered for new-builds and renovations.

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?

The lack of suitable venues in the city is the most important issue. Venues housing theatre productions, art displays, museums should see a large tax break on property taxes. Grants from the City should be considered for new-builds and renovations.

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 often attend theatre productions in the city. My brother has acted in several hundred plays in the Lower Mainland. I grew up in theatre and played band. I later was a drummer for some rock and roll bands including playing for Mick Fleetwood recently.

Additional Information

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.

I am a friend of arts, culture and heritage. I live in a 1920's character home and love artwork, which I collect. I have many antiques and regularly attend antique auctions. I have travelled to New York and London numerous times for the main purpose of attending plays. I understand the value of art, culture and heritage in the community.