Stephen Weller

Name

Stephen Weller

Jurisdiction

Sidney

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?

Yes and yes

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?

Yes.We are a multi cultural family and feel that it’s important to recognize different cultures.

It’s also important to educate people on the heritage of Canada.

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 someone who play musical instruments,I’m eager to see kids engaged in music and other forms of art.Its an excellent way for kids to express themselves.

Cultural Growth

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

That’s something that I would have to discuss with Mayor and other councillors.

Cultural Spaces

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

Absolutely.Its important for people to be able to partake in culture and art,no matter where on the socioeconomic scale they sit.

Cultural Tourism

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

That would be something that we have to talk to First Nations and other cultural associations about.

Listening to them would be a good start.

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

More foot traffic in Sidney,is a good plan and helping the SBIA wherever possible.

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?

I don’t think we have an issue on the Peninsula.Local artists and heritage organizations are well represented.