Jesse Woodward


Jesse Woodward



Running for

City/Town Council

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?

I do not know the total extent of arts funding in my local area but I do know that in 2018 the Columbia Basin Trust gave over 2 million dollars for arts funding to the communities in the Columbia Basin which includes Nelson. Also, the City of Nelson just granted $25 thousand dollars to the Nelson District Arts Council to fund the 2019 Nelson Mural Festival. If elected a Nelson City Councillor I would always advocate for better arts funding as the arts are such an important factor in the cultural health and well being of any 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?

Yes I would. As I said in my last statement arts, culture and heritage are the bedrock of healthy community's and are a super important for attracting tourism to BC communities and driving innovation.


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?

Absolutely. I would like to see more funding put towards art supplies and hiring local art educators, especially art educators that use the abundant natural environment that surrounds the City of Nelson to inspire children to develop their artist abilities.

Cultural Growth

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

By using cultural programs as an attraction to tourism. The tourism industry in Nelson is a huge part of the economic health of this city so any cultural program that can be accessed by visitors to Nelson would be very beneficial for the town as a whole.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes. I would try to make sure that local arts organization in Nelson are supported and well funded and that the process of accessing funds is not a difficult and laborious task for them.

Cultural Tourism

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

More arts festivals and events taking place in Nelson downtown core through out the summer season would be a good start.

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

More affordable housing options for working artist in our community would make a huge difference in retaining these kinds of cultural workers.

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?

Affordable housing in Nelson is a huge issue and due to the expense of housing here it is difficult for artist to afford to work here. I think have an subsidized artist housing program might be one way to attract artist to come and live and work in Nelson. It would have to be a temporary housing program so that new artist could come in and take advantage of this kind of support.


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

I have been the Markets & Events Director for the West Kootenay EcoSociety for the last 7 years. My job is to organize and manage Nelson 3 large outdoor markets throughout the market season. A core part of the markets are the arts and crafts vendors. The markets make it possible for many of the arts and crafts people to make a living and promote their work.