Mark Smed

Name

Mark Smed

Jurisdiction

Summerland

Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)

N/A

Funding

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 don't believe a specific amount is budgeted but I do support spending for arts.

Advocacy

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 and culture are critically important to the community as it enhances the quality of life for all.

Education

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?

Our duties do not involve spending on education for youth.

Cultural Growth

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

It's something that will be reviewed annually, and the investment in community health includes a healthy arts and culture program.

Cultural Spaces

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

yes, I'm open to any proposal.

Cultural Tourism

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

improve our parks and trails system, and improve our visibility.

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

We will continue to support a thriving community of artists and 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?

preservation of our way of life as it is today.

Participation

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

I paint and write in my personal time.