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?
$7.3 million for recreation and culture. Nothing earmarked for art.
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. This community is rife with culture from all over the globe, and many artists. These things should be celebrated.
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?
I can try. This is, unfortunately, a provincial issue. I will commit to making the arts as accessible as possible to the schools and community through field trip availability with hands on learning if at all possible.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Through marketing the programs on an International level to promote year round tourism.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
This is already I the minds of a number of council nominees and would entail, among other things, the creation of a maker's space in an existing assets and culture building.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
With the aid of the artists of all walks of life, I believe interest will grow quickly.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Again, the creation of the maker's space as week as opening up usage of our current city owned venues.
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?
The lack of publicly disseminated information needs to be addressed with a more fluid integration.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I currently work nights. I do try and get out to plays and the theater when I can.