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?
I do not know the exact amounts
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, as I believe that our history and the arts are a great way to promote such history and culture.
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?
Yes. I feel that developing the creative side of the brain through fine arts will help the youth of today to deal with may aspects of life in adulthood.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Expanding the tax base in Maple Ridge, will generate the revenue needed to expand investment in the cultural programs currently offered in Maple Ridge.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes, the ACT Theatre in Maple Ridge was a great investment by past council....but it needs to be expanded as the programs offered currently fill quite quickly.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Improvement in public safety in Maple Ridge is a key to restoring the interest in other local residents to travel to Maple Ridge to visit.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Maple Ridge has a program that is being run currently that has seen local artist develop murals on local building. Expanding on this program to include other artists is key.
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?
Having a program that is properly funded and promoted. Maple Ridge has a good parks and recreation program, but local promotion can be improved.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Personally, I am heavily involved in the local sporting groups. I do attend events at the ACT Theatre, or musical events hosted by the city down on the waterfront.