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?
Art and Culture in Penticton is chronically underfunded. YES I will be advocating for proper funding.
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 work in the arts and culture sector. I understand fully the benefits of having a robust arts scene.
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 do know this, and already run a free drop-in art class in our community. We need more opportunities though, we need a Performing Arts Centre!
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Right now they are threatening to shut down the gallery. There is no drive at City Hall to invest in the arts. Snails pace or backwards growth unless a new mindset gets elected.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
I'll always be pushing for more and better opportunities for our artists, young and old.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Push for Arts and Culture Officer at City Hall, make them find the Policy they seemed to have lost, push for a Performing Arts Centre, and fight to keep the Gallery from being shuttered, and get more financing for public art, to start.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
If you build it they will come.
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 respect and support from City Hall. Penticton's art scene needs a voice at the table.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I live and breath art. I am a professional artist.
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.
Pretty sure everybody in town knows my stance on arts and culture. It needs support, but it pays back in spades.