Rob Duncan

Name

Rob Duncan

Jurisdiction

Victoria

Running for

Mayor

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?

No, I don't know. The focus of my campaign is housing and the community's housing crisis. I would probably be in favour of a modest increase, but I would say a major increase in this kind of investment would need to wait until the community emergency is addressed.

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?

I would, although it would not be an immediate priority, in context.

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?

As a developmental psychologist, a former educator, and a musician, I certainly believe in arts education and I believe it should be a prominent part of the school curriculum.

Cultural Tourism

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

I would be more than happy to work with community organizations on this matter and would be very interested in hearing the suggestions they have to offer.

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?

The most important issue for the community as a whole, and especially for the arts community - whose members often struggle to get by on inadequate incomes - is the housing crisis.

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 am preoccupied with economic and poverty-related issues.