Joanna Wilson

Name

Joanna Wilson

Jurisdiction

Creston

Running for

City/Town Council

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?

5000 annually, for public art.

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, for past 13 years. For vitality, ambience.

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?

I would advocate for arts being a part of the curriculum. Our arts council is engaging art students through helping with student art shows and art walks in the downtown.

Cultural Growth

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

Encourage arts groups, offer grants. Sponsor arts events.

Cultural Spaces

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

Our Arts Council has a partnership with the chamber of commerce, ensuring exhibition space/ art shows, office/ gift shop, maximizing opportunity for the local art scene to flourish.

Cultural Tourism

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

Connect with cultural organizations to engage, communicate ideas.

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

Maintaining a vibrant relationship with the arts community, maximizing opportunity for artistic growth and successes.

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?

Perhaps mainting our momentum in creating an artistic community, inclusive for all. Continue to reach out to and involve artists and friends of the arts.

Participation

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

As President of the Creston Valley Arts Council I am proud of the growth in membership, events and activities, including art courses for emerging artists, as our arts council becomes vital and relevant to the cultural life of the town. I attend arts events, sit on the Sculpture society, and keep the Town council apprised of the growth in the arts and their importance to the local economy.