Ahmed Yousef

Name

Ahmed Yousef

Jurisdiction

Maple Ridge

Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)

N/A

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 would.

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?

I most certainly would. I very much appreciate and know the value of arts, culture, and heritage in enriching the lives of our 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 would diligently encourage educators to enrich their curriculum with the arts in order to provide a well-rounded education to students.

Cultural Growth

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

Promoting more cultural events in Maple Ridge and working with various partners to incorporate more cultural programming the ticket sales of which would maintain and grow the cultural programs investment in our community.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, with the availability of the Bandstand at Peace Memorial Park, the public library, and and the ACT as spaces for artists and arts organizations is a good start. I would also avail spaces throughout the downtown area and at community events for artists and arts organizations to showcase their talents.

Cultural Tourism

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

By working to attract a more diverse and robust performances, shows, and exhibitions to Maple Ridge through partnerships with organizations and artists.

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

By providing the space, environment, and ability for them to exhibit their art and carry out their cultural work in Maple Ridge through working with community organizations.

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?

More consistent programming, I would encourage and promote more diverse and robust cultural programming.

Participation

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

My family and I regularly attend cultural event, while I lack artistic talent myself I very much appreciate the work of those who do.