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 believe that the CRD invests $2.3 million in the arts annually. I have committed to increasing funding for the Vancouver Island Film Commission.
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 am certainly a supporter of public works of art as I believe they can enhance the character of a 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?
I support our education system having funding for art and music programs. However I believe given the critical shortage of skilled trades we need to get back to making sure we also have well funded shop classes, eg wood work, metal work and mechanics. There is a natural cross over between the two as well. Just as there is a cross over between the high tech and artistic sectors when it comes to game development, or film and television and drama classes.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
In our increasingly multicultural community there is a tremendous opportunity for enhanced cultural programs. As our city grows so too should our support of the arts.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
With increased density it is incumbent that we ensure that we have as part of our community infrastructure places for people to not just play but also create.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
By placing more emphasis on tourism marketing and getting more people off the cruise ships and into our city by providing a more attractive cruise ship terminal that includes showcasing our arts and culture.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
By providing more in the way of low income and mixed income housing.
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?
The lack of affordable housing. Rescind the step code and get the province to build 3,000 to 5,000 units of student housing at UVic and Camosun thus freeing up a similar amount of rental units in Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria.
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 attended numerous art and cultural events here in Victoria since I first moved here in 1985. I played a key role in getting the Royal BC Museum expanded including the addition of an IMAX theatre back in the 1990s. I have also been a featured extra in a couple of different television episodes way back in the day.
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I believe that major new buildings should also include a major work of art and I would like to see more in the way of public art works around the city.