Ken Sim

Name

Ken Sim

Jurisdiction

Vancouver

Running for

Mayor

Party or Slate (if applicable)

NPA

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?

The City of Vancouver invests over $11M annually through the cultural grants program. The City also invests nearly $5M to support in-kind outdoor advertising. The City also maintains hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of civic collections and has more than 55 city owned cultural spaces. I am committed to supporting stable investments in arts, culture and heritage initiatives. I am also committed to advocating for additional provincial and federal support for arts and culture.

The NPA will provide assistance to the Vancouver Art Gallery for its proposed expansion program. It will not only support neighborhood fairs and festivals but will act as a patron of the arts by commissioning works and performances. 

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?

We plan to recognize culture as the fourth pillar of sustainability in Vancouver. A city rich in the arts is more vibrant and liveable. Art and culture creates connections between residents.

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 committed to enabling support for city programs, as well as school board programs through continuing the cultural grants program, as well as encouraging philanthropic partnerships to increase funds for arts and culture programming. Also, I believe we need to increase our marketing efforts so that students, families and schools are aware of the various art and culture programs available through the city.

Cultural Growth

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

● Formally recognize culture as the fourth pillar of sustainability in Vancouver.

● Work with Tourism Vancouver and local cultural institutions and attractions to support a Culture & Recreation Multipass for residents and tourists, with annual pass discounts for lower-income families.

● Ensure the renewed City-Wide Plan includes the planning and integration of arts and culture facilities, ensuring that cultural organizations provide input on where and how to create more creative spaces and connections.

● Accelerate efforts to build a new home for the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Cultural Spaces

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

We will ensure the renewed City-Wide Plan includes the planning and integration of arts and culture facilities, ensuring that cultural organizations provide input on where and how to create more creative spaces and connections.

Cultural Tourism

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

Work with Tourism Vancouver and local cultural institutions and attractions to support a Culture & Recreation Multipass for residents and tourists, with annual pass discounts for lower-income families. We will also work with business and artist communities to develop partnerships that lead to revitalize city blocks and unique streetscapes – building on the success of painted laneways.

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

Creating affordable, attainable housing, long term spaces to work, better arts education, a diverse local economy; support for small business.

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?

Funding. In recent years, cultural events have been cancelled due to lack of funds and so we need to find creative ways to sustain and grow these investments. Also, there is increasing demand for dedicated spaces for arts and culture activities and so these need to be considered as part of city wide planning.

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 no expert on arts and culture, but I deeply appreciate what it brings to our city. We have experts on our team, such as NPA City Council candidate Lisa Dominato, who are experts in this area and who I rely upon for guidance in this area.

Additional Information

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In recent years, cultural events have been cancelled due to lack of funds and so we need to find creative ways to sustain and grow these investments. Also, there is increasing demand for dedicated spaces for arts and culture activities and so these need to be considered as part of city wide planning.

The NPA has a long-established policy of providing stable funding to non-profit arts and cultural organizations to provide a diverse and thriving cultural community. In the 50’s the NPA provided generous operating grants to Vancouver’s growing arts institutions including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Academy of Music, Arts Club, Ballet B.C., Museum, Opera, Symphony Orchestra, Cultural Festivals.