Darren Inkster

Name

Darren Inkster

Jurisdiction

Sechelt

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?

Sechelt puts a lot in arts , including coordinator , many festivals , always looking at new ways

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?

Always have

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 represent kids in my community too, if we deem that we need more in education, I will advocate for this .

Cultural Growth

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

We do a lot in Sechelt , but if new ideas and new programs , need support , I will bring forward for discussion and decision. .

Cultural Spaces

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

We can this via grants and funding spots in facilities based on particular criteria , called targeted funding

Cultural Tourism

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

We do this with our arts festival Which I’ve supported since it’s begginning .

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

We need to support art and artists by providing venues and facilitators for 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?

Funding always an issue , have arts funding as a line item and keep funding at a particular percentage of municipal budget , Remind the public an artistic community is an enlivened and vibrant community

Participation

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

Yes, I go to many events when possible , there is lots of art and events on the Sunshine Coast

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.

I’ve been in local govt for over 15 years , in that time sechelts artistic presence has grown continuously in a healthy way