Duck (Don) Paterson
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 will continue to support the Town providing space for the Arts Council Gallery as well as we give them grants in aid. We have also chosen the Arts Council to guide us through our "public art" process.
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?
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?
As a local municipal councillor we have no say in school curriculum but can encourage local trustees to make art a profile class
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
I will continue to support the Arts on the Ave. event as well as we work with the Arts Council and Stz'uminus First Nation artists by providing space free.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Continue to provide space for the Arts Council and it's members to use the machine shop area for creating their projects as well as to feature them in their gallery on the waterfront.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
By working with the Arts Council as well as Stz'uminus Council and community to encourage more exposure for First Nation art as well as encouraging others of any culture to become involved in the Arts Council.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
I believe the answers given previous show the commitment that we have in the past and I believe we need to continue indicate my willingness to make our community an "art friendly" location.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I visit the waterfront gallery often as well as volunteer for the Arts on the Ave event and work with local First Nation carver, John Marston, by raising funds for art that he's been commissioned to do for the local high school.
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Heritage has been a huge part of the "rediscover" of Ladysmith and with that new exposure it has guided us into a very progressive Arts community and we now have local First Nation carving happening in town and in the area. Arts and culture has also evolved in a few amazing community events that have also become a large part of Ladysmith's culture now.