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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?
As a patron of the arts and a long standing volunteer with the regional art gallery, I support advocating for increased funding for arts, culture, and heritage within my community.
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 absolutely will because I already take on an active role in the arts community as Board Chair for the Prince George Regional Art Gallery. I am passionate about the arts and being elected to council will only position me better to advocate for the arts groups I support.
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?
Yes. I will support programming that makes art more accessible for youth and champion grant applications for art groups that support public programming.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
One way of growing our investment in cultural programs is through storytelling and sharing our cultural programs. By encouraging the sharing of these events it will create community buy in and increase awareness to the arts.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
I will encourage programming that is accessible for everyone from all walks of life by encouraging art groups to include accessible programming as a social responsibility legacy.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
By working with and bringing together local tourism groups and cultural organizations; listening to their needs and helping them achieve their long term strategic planning goals that are in alignment with those of the city.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
By making more opportunities available and encouraging partnerships with local groups to bring in artists that will help with our cultural profile, thereby attracting more talent to the city.
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?
Accessibility. Art is continuously seen as highbrow privilege and by making art more accessible we can offer so much like healing through the arts as one example. I will work to make art more accessible by encouraging community members to get involved and ask questions, which will in turn help individuals feel like art is accessible to everyone.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Board Chair - Two Rivers Gallery MakerLab Mentor CFUR Radio - Treasurer Picaroon Pictures - costume designer Pocket Theatre - costume designer
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I support our arts, culture, and heritage community and I look forward to championing initiatives and supporting them in the future.