Party or Slate (if applicable)
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?
As a current City Councillor, I am aware of our financial committment and have encouraged increased funding. I have seen what our local theatres, Arts Council, and Performing Arts Society has done to increase vibrancy and social benefit in our community.
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 believe I have been active in my role to engage in the Arts community. I am a local sponsor of Cranbrook Community Theatre and throughout the summer made a point to ensure I purchased all our family’s gifts from artisans at our local markets. My own business is filled with art only from local artists. This is important to me because I recognize the importance of a culturally vibrant community and it’s correlation to resident health. As well, my own children relate more closely with the arts. Not all children are athletes and I want my children to have more options to participate in as young adults.
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 will do my best in this regard. Clearly that’s a challenge at the Municipal level, as education is not within our jurisdiction. However, that does not mean we cannot work with local educators and ask the question, “How do we help?”
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Our granting programs is a great start, as is advocacy from our municipality when local arts groups are applying for other external funds. I would like to see more exhibition opportunities for our community. Such ideas could be having our municipality help fund a Nuit Blanche style event in partnership with our many arts groups. Collaboration is extremely important to me.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
I would love to see the City of Cranbrook, Trust, RDEK, and local industry team up to create a local Centre for Arts where all local artists could work and play together. We spent last term work hard to deal with critical infrastructure issues and our Council is now looking forward to social health and vibrancy projects.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Our new DMO will have a huge impact on this. I know they’ve been working collaboratively with many local arts and culture organizations. I’m hopeful this will gain results. Our Council will continue to support such initiatives.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
A new Arts Centre would be key to this.
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?
The perception and the divide. For some reason our community has a strong left versus right mentality. I myself have been treated as if I don’t support the Arts, simply for being part of our current Council. Yet I’ve always been personally supportive in the parts, including through sponsorships. I’ve worked hard to try to advocate that we need a holistic approach to government. We need infrastructure development AND we need the Arts. They work hand in hand. Without both, each suffers.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Absolutely! I love attending local theatre. I am personally a financial sponsor of Cranbrook Community Theatre. My daughter is an incredible artist at 13, so I nurture that in her as well. We love all the festivals and musical talent in our community also. Last year I had the opportunity to put on a large event for the Columbia Basin Trust. They gave me freedom to choose my direction. I hired artists to perform many mediums of art throughout the Kimberley platzl. The focus was completely arts and culture geared. It was amazing!
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I really hope the community will take the time to get to know candidates. It can become very discouraging when you’re treated poorly by “the left” because they think you’re “too right”; then treated poorly by “the right” because they think you’re “too left”. We need a happy medium. We need a holistic approach to community and we need to all work together.