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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 do not know how much the local government invests in the arts. Without knowing I don't think it is appropriate to commit to advocating for an increase but I would believe it worth a look.
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, because the arts provide for enrichment and diversity for people living in an area and for visitors to the area.
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?
Studies and programs have shown that students exposed to art, music and drama opportunities do better in school. I don't know about the use of the word "every" because some students may not be ready for art and I would not want it forced on a student. I came late to appreciating art and I resented having to take art courses in elementary school. It wasn't until studying the composition of a Paul Kane painting in Grade Nine that I began to value art. Now I have an extensive NorthWest Coast native art collection I will commit to encouraging art, music and drama, as well as sports being part of curricula and extra activities.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
I cannot speak for the local government, the way the question is phrased, as even if I am elected I will be only one of seven on a Council. This is better asked of an elected Council as a whole. My perspective is to support endeavours and endorse allocating funding against the needs of other demands.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
The key words here are "affordable" and "sustainable" who wouldn't endorse that - but who gets to decide what is affordable in the context of other demands. Vernon and Coldstream both have artists-in-residency programs that could use more support. More investigation would be needed to understand their goals and how well they have accomplished their objectives to date.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
This presupposes the community wants more cultural tourism. An obvious connection (at least to me) is partnering with the local First Nations to offer indigenous experiences but they may not be interested. It is not for me to say we would undertake that but could explore interest on their part and how we could help with their endeavours, realizing we both may benefit.
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 would rather your organization advise what are the important issues related to arts, culture and heritage, with suggestions on how to address them. Perhaps you will say more funding is needed but just asking for more funding will need to be accompanied with measurable objectives (not necessarily financial gain), to gain my support.
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 special screenings at the local theatre; however I no longer attend the theatre, for not wanting to go out at night. At a fundraiser for the local conservation society, I tried my luck at painting, at a combined wine and paint evening. Photography is one of my hobbies (since receiving a camera in 1960); some of my photos are posted on at www.tvulcano.com . I was a board director for K'san Museum and Cultural Centre (Hazelton, BC); prior to that I served as a board member on the Springboard Dance Collective (Calgary) and was a founding member of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Preservation Society (in Alberta). In the 1970s I made 16 mm films, using my own film equipment and editing them at the National Film Board facility in Montreal.
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I recognize the contribution of arts, culture and heritage to the well being of a community - even if not attending performances I value having them being offered.