Mike Ireland


Mike Ireland


New Westminster

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?

yes, I know how much is spread through various departments and buildings. yes, increases are important to a diverse art community that needs support to grow and deliver sound and thoughtful professional events and support for youth/non professional arts groups.


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, involvement is a key for knowledge. i am however, a person who spends a large part of my life involved in the arts already both locally and globally.


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 would be willing to participate in planning dialogue for student art curriculum. sharing my knowledge of the impact the arts have on our lives and inter-connectedness.

Cultural Growth

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

we have a wonderful new city building that is dedicated to the arts both public and professional. i will work to provide quality content both youth and professional.

Cultural Spaces

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

we must have reliable discussions with the community as it grows and changes

Cultural Tourism

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

continue to develop and use proper media to deliver the message we have created through the council.

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

build reliable venues and services for the creators and performers.

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?

it's not thinking "BIG" enough. influence change and plan to showcase our community globally.


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 events locally and internationally over 50 days a year from live music to galleries and museums.

Additional Information

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it's the single greatest relaxation mechanism we have as humans, being entertained and taking our minds off the daily grind.