Barbara Buchanan


Barbara Buchanan



Running for

City/Town Council

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?

Yes and yes.


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 is an economic engine. It makes the city livable.


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 encourage the schools and arts organizations to link together. I chaired the VSO education committee while I served on the VSO board

Cultural Growth

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

theatres, studio space are all in high demand Vancouver must continue to support

Cultural Spaces

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

We need to look at city land, and shared spaces to make studio and spaces available.

Cultural Tourism

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

Festivals and linking together artists with Tourism

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

Affordability is a major problem to keep and attract artists and cultural workers. Work is needed here.

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?

Housing and space is the issue. We need creative solutions to help the "missing middle" which includes arts and culture to keep the city livable


How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

I have subscriptions to the Arts Club all 3 theatre, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Opera, Early music, I served on the VSO board of directors for 6 years, chaired the education committee, Jericho United Players subscriber, UBC Opera

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.

The Arts are an economic engine, they make the city livable.