Bill Beamish

Name

Bill Beamish

Jurisdiction

Gibsons

Running for

Mayor

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?

I do not know how much is currently budget and/or spent annually. I support investing in arts, culture and and heritage and will ensure that this is supported in the community.

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. I believe that arts, culture and heritage speaks to who we are as a community and is important to our mental health and to our economy as a whole.

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?

My wife and I established an endowment for visual arts on the Sunshine Coast several years ago. This endowment provides annual scholarships for students intending to go to art school or participate in art programs.

Cultural Growth

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

I believe that we need to do more to learn about the history and culture of the Squamish Nation and will endeavour to do that.

Cultural Spaces

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

yes. I support an annual grant program to arts and culture activities as well as the public art gallery.

Cultural Tourism

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

I believe that this area is already well organized and supported on the Sunshine Coast.

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

I will personally continue to purchase art and attend events and encourage others to do the same.

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 public art

Participation

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

see above