Francesca Zumpano


Francesca Zumpano



Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)

Burnaby First Coalition


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?



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?

We need to have a positive way to express our thoughts. I believe it is imperative that we provide venues and opportunities for our citizens to appreciate, music, dance, art. We need to hold on to our cultures. Cultures are so rich and are such an important part of who we are. Embrace and celebrating same. With so many people living in isolation we need to create affordable events, community festivals etc. to bring our community together


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?

As an educator, I am totally convinced of the importance of teaching the whole child and both left and right brain functions. We need creativity and innovation to survive. Creativity can be taught in a number of different forms. Dance, music, drama, painting, writing and drawing they are all expressions of ourselves. Within the curriculum their are many places to teach and expand these skills. The challenge is that teachers are bombarded with many options, limited time and limited resources. Highly trained programs can be brought in i.e. My Dance ED

How: We need to provide teachers with pro-d to expose them to the concepts and the resources.

Yes! I would promote the arts.

Cultural Growth

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

Provide small grants for promotion of cultural events. Welcome cultural groups to events such as Hats Off Days, Kensington Days at the City Market, as well as sponsoring evenings in the park with music and dance from the various cultural groups.

Cultural Spaces

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

WE need community centers. We have the Shadbolt Center but we could also convert one of the schools that is at minimal usage. i.e. Duthie Union

Cultural Tourism

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

Events, Festivals, Music in the park etc. are all things that draw locals and tourists.

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

A very difficult question. First that they know that they are respected and valued. Engage them in planning. They know first hand what is needed and what they have to offer. Make it welcoming, affordable and assisting them with exposure to the marketplace.

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?

It is not on the agenda and it needs to be.


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

Attending arts and cultural events. By encouraging young people to not only be involved in sports but also in an art activity.