Ira Pettle


Ira Pettle



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?

Arts funding is on the rise but the needs are still being under funded. I am committed to continuing to advocate for increased arts and cultural investment long term.


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. As a performing artist, I know first hand the challenges artists face as well as the profound impact we have on community. It is essential that we make arts, culture, and heritage a priority within all municipalities.


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, period. Further school funding and continue to develop in-school programs that nurture arts development in our kids (the future).

Cultural Growth

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

Partnering with our indigenous people and integrating systems of support (i.e. Funding and programming) to further the dialogue and continue to keep these themes front of mind when addressing municipal affairs.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, it is essential to have accessible and affordable cultural spaces available. This must be achieved through partnering with existing arts organizations, lobbying local (and provincial) government, and taking a stand for the importance of artistic sustainability and development.

Cultural Tourism

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

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

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?

Lack of cohesive collaboration within the arts and culture community


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

Additional Information

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