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?
The Town of Sidney spends well over $500,000 annually to support and promote the arts and culture within our community.
Arts and culture is about Placemaking, it can contribute to our physical and mental health & well being and is a proven economic driver. I will continue advocating for the arts.
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?
The arts is a way to think and act out side the box. To explore new and different ways and means of doing things. It is more than the spoken, written and visual, it is how we feel, what we do. What we value. How we connect. Yes, I shall continue advocating and championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage.
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?
Working together with SD63, and the ArtSea, Community Arts Council to keep arts alive in the school system
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Diversified and affordable housing options.
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?
Perhaps the single most important issue I hear from almost all community organizations, is the lack of available volunteers. Ensuring a sustainable balanced demographic with access to affordable housing seems to be key.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
attend a wide variety of arts and cultural events especially within my community