Becky Grimsrud

Name

Becky Grimsrud

Jurisdiction

Fort St John

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?

Arts tend to be funded quite low in our municipality. I do not support a tax rate increase for the residents of Fort St John, however I would like to see more emphasis put on arts, culture, and heritage. Per capital, our city invests much less in these areas than many other municipalities.

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?

These are important aspects of a healthy community. Yes, I would love to see growth of arts, cultur, and heritage here.

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?

While education is more on the provincial and school board side, I think that by increasing the availability of arts programs and funding within our community we can make arts more attractive and available to all students.

Cultural Growth

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

Including arts and culture investments into the capital budget (building and infrastructure upgrades) would go a long way to increase the cultural programs in our community. We are very fortunate to get a lot of funding from the Peace River Agreement, and it only makes sense to use part of it on investments into arts and culture buildings and infrastructure.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, by increasing usable space for cultural organizations, artists and arts organizations would be more able to make use of these spaces.

Cultural Tourism

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

Better showcasing all the culture that our city has to offer would go a long way towards improving cultural tourism.

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

By investing in arts and culture within our 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?

Underfunding - I would like to see more capital funds going towards improvements.

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’m currently on the board at the North Peace Cultural Society, and attend plenty of arts and culture events.

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.

If you would like to contact me for further information, please feel free to email me at beckygutteridge@gmail.com, phone/text 250-262-1900, or visit my Facebook page Facebook.com/beckygrimsrudFSJ.