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?
$23.21 per capita. Yes that will increase as we launch our 2020-2025 Cultural plan that is newly underway in Kelowna.
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 have been actively lobbying our current government to relook at the potential of a Cultural Plan for BC. My day job is a cultural development coordinator for a neighbouring municipality and I ran for city council originally with the main focus of advocating for more arts and cultural friendly policies and increased funding.
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 have learned that advocacy is best done with the province but for schools I would leave that advocacy work to the school board trustees that I work collaboratively with.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Our new cultural plan will set the path for some significant growth in our investment in this sector over the next 5 years.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
We recently completed a cultural spaces assessment. Next we need to act on the needs that we have discovered through the cultural plan we are developing.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
We collaborate often with our local First Nations community and we are finding more and more ways to integrate our native culture into our parks, urban centres and our new tourism Kelowna offices.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
One of the worst parts about being on Kelowna City Council is that I can't apply to work in some of our best cultural organizations without causing a conflict of interest. We have some amazing staff and working with our partner organization to ensure that they have the budget to retain them is a key area that has growth potential
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?
Focusing on retaining our cultural spaces as we densify is one of my foremost concerns at the moment. We also have an ageing Community Theatre that needs either a refresh or a rebuild.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I produce and promote shows at the Creekside Theatre. I have created non-profits that produce music in parks concerts. I am highly active in building a community with strong cultural expression and participation options