Township of Langley
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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?
$152 M is allocated to recreation/ culture but only recreation shows as a cost
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, we are the birthplace of BC, we need to preserve our heritage for future generations and work to provide a permanent community home for the performing and visual arts.
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?
To the extent the Township Council can impact the programs delivered within the school system, yes and by working towards a cultural centre that would provide space and opportunities for students to participate and benefit from visiting artists.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
I believe that by raising awareness of the financial contribution of the arts to the community in terms of employment generated and taxes paid, we can help to justify expenditures to expand the arts. The value in terms of an educated citizenry is a great argument for supporting expanded and continued growth.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
We do not have a dedicated cultural centre, although there are several small theatres in schools that host amazing performers and performances. The arts' community has been advocating for a Cultural Arts Centre for many years and I would support that voice by advocating for grants, funds, fees to be set aside to initiate such a project.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
You need to provide the venues for tourists to attend. There is a Shakespeare troupe that perform outdoors as well as in theatre spaces and the Langley Playhouse group, but usually performances are 'one of' events or arts unveilings by small galleries. Events that are annual, such as the Cranberry Festival and the July 1st and BC day events become widely known and draw repeat attenders.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
There needs to be work for them, residents need to support their work with their entertainment and other 'dollars'. A Cultural Centre would indicate a commitment by the community to the arts, provide working space and appropriate 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?
Arts and Culture need to recognized for their value along side recreation and heritage needs to be protected by strong voices on Council working with clearly enforceable bylaws.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Attending arts and cultural events
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My daughter and step-son were fortunate enough to attend the Langley Fine Arts School, part of the public education system and remain engaged in the arts today. Their education there shaped and enriched their lives immensely. I belong to the Heritage Committee and have spoken out about local issues that in my opinion infringe on the heritage aspects of our community.