Becky Zhou

Name

Becky Zhou

Jurisdiction

Surrey

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?

Not sure how much is invested at this time. Something I would like to know more about.

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?

Yes, It is important for youth, and also for the spirit of communities

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?

Yes, we must invest in our youth and our culture. Very much a part of our platform of mentoring our youth.

Cultural Growth

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

Our city is rich in diversity and putting a spot light on our festivals we have an opportunity to grow with the local businesses we have within these diverse groups.

Cultural Spaces

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

We need to encourage community and business partners to keep space for events maintained or renovate existing buildings. The city can help with reduction in taxes for a special Events Policy on heritage buildings and other purpose built buildings such as Museums, Galleries, Studios, andommunity Spaces. Approach with the Provincial and federal Governments to Split Tax Bill should also be looked at.

Cultural Tourism

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

Expose and expand on all the different ethnic groups and their cultural events to outside regions via web platforms and direct marketing

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

A joint venture between a City liaison and schools via a mentorship program. Work closer with foundations and non-profits for other ways to creatively fund our culture and artists

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?

Help speed up with urban regeneration..... Arts and cultural events help by enhancing a cities image..

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 a mentor and encourage our younger family members to get involved with our traditional and non traditional arts and cultural 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.

Our family is involved in Dragon dance and traditional Chinese drums. My daughter is involved in playing piano and the school choir.