Chris Wilson

Name

Chris Wilson

Jurisdiction

Coquitlam

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?

I already do and would continue to do so.

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?

Happy to lobby, the province to make it more part of the curriculum, but this isn't really a municipal responsibility.

Cultural Growth

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

As more investment comes to our city, we are able to put more into cultural programs.

Cultural Spaces

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

Hoping to be able to supply some subsidized space in our new City Centre Plan in partnership with development.

Cultural Tourism

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

Through our tourism dept and increased support of our cultural organizations.

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?

We need more space and can start to address this though using some of the development revenue.

Participation

How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

Attending events and fundraisers