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?
yes - I am familiar with my local governments investment in the arts. The museum is funded ~ 225k per year, the Capitol theater receives ~67k per year. we support the city's cultural development committee 40K we have a heritage working group that receives ~4k. we allocate 25% of our community initiative grants form the CBT to arts and culture. We funded the Mural festival 25 k this year. We fund the municipal library as well. We also have a art in public places fund. We also invest in public art within our infrastructure replacement process.
Yes within the capacity of the eected body I would continue my support of the arts/culture/heritage
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?
Cultural activities are a significant economic driver in BC and in my community of Nelson. This sector also contributes to the well being and health of a community regardless of the social-economic status of its citizens - public art is public for all to enjoy
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?
exposure to arts/culture/heritage is important from a young age and is an important part of a well rounded education. when opportunities arise I would advocate for the return and/or enhancement of these programs in the education system
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Are local government is already highly invested in cultural programs in our community. Some of our best cultural assets are housed in city owned building. one of the most important contributions wil be the ongoing maintenance of these building - many of which are Heritage recognized buildings. Just recently we received a 200K grant to do re-pointing of stone building our museum is housed in.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
This work is already underway with programs like our Art in public places. The City is committed to maintaining over the long term the murals that are being developed as a result of our successful Mural festival. I support the ongoing allocation of the 25% of our yearly CBT CIP grants to arts/culture and heritage
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
People are drawn to Nelson due to its reputation as the Best Small Arts town in BC. We are also know as the Heritage capital of BC with over 300 Heritage building. Expedia just rated Nelson the 2nd most charming historic town to visit in Canada. I would also continue to work with the Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism association
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Housing is an issue in Nelson as in many other communities in BC. We have a housing committee that examines and is looking for solutions to housing issues across a broad spectrum including workers housing
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?
Maintaining all the wonderful cultural venues we already have including our new city wide collection of murals. We need to be able to maintain our city owned Heritage buildings and encourage others to do the same
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
My partner, who is a woodworker, and I enjoy attending as many arts and culture events in and around our community as possible. Over the years we have invested in locally created - metal works, ceramics, sculptures and paintings.