Jessica Stanley

Name

Jessica Stanley

Jurisdiction

School District #68: Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Running for

School Board

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?

To the extent that the school board, can work with council on investment in arts, culture and heritage, I would advocate for increased investment. This could include enhancing art programs in the school district through a foundation such as Artists for Kids in North Vancouver.

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?

Yes, I would because including arts and cultural understanding in education enhances critical thinking skills. Art has and continues to play an important role in understanding and reflecting our culture. Being able to view our culture and heritage from multiple perspectives is an important part of being an informed and active citizen.

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?

Yes. I would support and advocate for continuing and enhancing arts and music programs in our school district. Part this support must occur when evaluating the school district's budgeting priorities. I would also encourage the development of arts programs that involve community collaboration such as Artists for Kids in North Vancouver which I think is an excellent program. Finally, I argue that we need to consider STEAM programs which specifically including arts rather than just STEM programs.

Cultural Growth

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

I would argue education is inherently an investment in cultural programs in our community as long as we focus on inclusive schools and value the diversity of our students and community. I also believe strong collaboration with the local indigenous communities.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes. Public education is free for all students; as long as we continue to support arts programs and share the process and products of these programs we are contributing to our arts communities.

Cultural Tourism

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

By having arts programs in our schools, we have children and their families participate in arts and develop an awareness of our local cultures. So from an educational perspective, it's more about developing awareness and interest among our students and having them share their knowledge and excitement with their families.

How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?

By supporting arts and cultural program funding in our schools, we are fostering a love for the arts and cultural knowledge from within our communities.

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?

Valuing the important role that arts and knowledge or our culture and history in critical thinking skills. This is why funding for arts and cultural programs is so very important in public education and why I will defend funding for such programs.

Participation

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

My family members include artists, we discuss art, we purchase art, we explore our community. My family members are indigenous and we regularly discuss the role of culture in our lives and our community.