Jukka Laurio

Name

Jukka Laurio

Jurisdiction

Penticton

Running for

Mayor

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?

I know it is a minimal. If Penticton is going to be a class act tourist destination cultural investment would have to be a priority item.

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 already do take an active role. Investment in culture is a measure of success and enhances the reputation of sponsoring community

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, encourage and promote cultural events, sponsorship of extra curricular groups, such as: Drama club, art and literature appreciation, budding artists workshops

Cultural Growth

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

we can start be getting on board and helping the Penticton Arts and Cultural Society get their Center built.

Cultural Spaces

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

yes, start with a major formal cultural center building, down to designated spaces for street artists and performers

Cultural Tourism

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

encourage and promote street artists and performers in the high traffic tourist locales to create a carnival style atmosphere. give a high profile to our museums, galleries, etc.

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

we have to develop the reputation first, then they will come.

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?

lack of support at the civic government level. first make the people aware of its importance and contribution, then wait for suggestions

Participation

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

I attend events and have personally donated significant amounts to cultural activities

Additional Information

If you'd like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture, and heritage issues in your community, please use the space below.

art appreciation facilitates the ability for abstract thought, making for better decision making. I would like to see a well-rounded, deeply intellectual community, making better decisions.