Party or Slate (if applicable)
Richmond Citizens RCA
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?
Yes, the physical space constraints for Arts groups hampers their ability to offer programming and community activities. With the amount of development happening in Richmond, I would seek an opportunity to leverage new development into additional space for the Arts.
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?
Arts, culture, and heritage are the backbone of community building. People develop as sense of place, and place in time, that connects them to the larger community.
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?
City level governments are not able to affect curriculum decisions. However, the city can (and does) offer low and no-cost community art events. I would continue to support that initiative.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
We have strong community groups in arts and culture, but they consistently cite space as a major constraint. I would work with them to find or improve appropriate space.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes, the city partners with many groups and I would support continuing this.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
We would continue to have events like World Fest, and work with Tourism Richmond to develop things such as the “dumpling trail”.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
We need to increase affordable housing. In addition, we would implement a new policy that all city art requests would first be tendered to Richmond artists, then artists from Greater Vancouver and BC, before accepting art from international artists. We have great talent at home that we should support.
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?
Physical space for the groups to operate from. I will leverage the many developments around Richmond to find space that is appropriate.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I attend many arts, culture, and heritage events.