School District #23: Central Okanagan
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 am a strong advocate for the arts in our or any community. I also understand that young adults who have been engaged with the arts graduate from high school and college at a significantly higher rate than those not engaged in arts. And also more are gainfully employed, pay taxes, vote and volunteer in their 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?
Again I am a strong believer that the arts are a very important part of our society.
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 believe that physical literacy ( and exposing children to sports for life) and arts are equally important for our kids as math, reading and writing.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
I believe if the local Government communicates the importance of art and heritage programs in its community to its citizens local philanthropists will contribute to the cause
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
it is vital that community arts and culture are effortable to us consumers and citizens.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
thru events such as local musical concerts, art exhibitions. the exposure will attract donors and sponsors
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Again thru events such as the Wine festival in our regios
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?
Getting people to actually visit or museums and art shows. It's all about the communication and marketing.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I am currently chair of the Okanagan Sports hall of Fame which is affiliated with the kelowna Heritage Museum