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. It is important for a community to have a strong identity around arts, culture, and heritage. Whether this be public art, live performances, or recognizing our history, it is important to fund these to ensure that White Rock's identity is celebrated for generations to come.
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?
ARTS: To the pop-up art studio continuing throughout the White Rock community. Have a public art plan and program with seeking funding from the provincial and federal levels of government, along with private funding sources. Working non-profits already existing to develop an artist symposium where various artists in different medias are working along our waterfront interacting with the public.
CULTURE: Work with other groups in Metro Vancouver to have an Off-Broadway concept. For example, work with the Vancouver Fringe Festival to have three to five performances in White Rock after the VFF completes its annual. But also to encourage more live performances from our burgeoning musical and theatrical community here in White Rock and the Semiahmoo Peninsula.
HERITAGE: To work with the Semiahmoo First Nations to explore their culture and heritage throughout the community. For example, having their place names recognized in geographic features. Take the White Rock, have a clearly displayed sign calling it P’Quals/White Rock. Further, to have our back lanes and walkways renamed after historic people in our communities heritage.
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 like to have the City of White Rock's Recreation & Culture department to work with Semiahmoo and Earl Marriott high schools to develop music and arts programs at the White Rock Community Centre to help our children achieve their potential both academically and in arts. Perhaps creating studio spaces for children and adults to explore ceramics, painting, and other visual arts. This is especially important as we continue to building condo towers there is less space to explore these talents in their homes.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Overall White Rock has a focus on Arts, Culture, and Heritage. However, as funding become available our community can expand its role. For example, could Community Amenity Charges be used to create art studios where the public can develop their artistic talents.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
As our Uptown and Waterfronts develop in the coming decade with more housing development is encourage having public spaces every block or so to have street performers and buskers play. Put this as a part of the requirements for some developments. Further, utilize the CAC's to help develop more public art studios.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Working with the South Surrey Chamber of Commerce, the White Rock BIA, and various art groups throughout the Semiahmoo Peninsula is develop a strategy to attract more visitors to our communities to enjoy the scenery, the arts, and our restaurants. This requires a working group to create peninsula wide festivals.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Creating live-work studios along Johnston Road and other key streets in the Uptown area. These would have a specific business licenses to encourage artists to live and work in our community.
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?
Over the past four years there has been a strong focus on large scale projects throughout White Rock, yet few of these have any arts incorporated in them. I would like to look at adopting a 1% for Art bylaw when any public money is being used for a capital investment. West Coast cities such as Seattle and Bellingham have adopted these types of programs which have led to strong artist communities there. White Rock can 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.)
About once or twice a month my family goes to art galleries, attends festivals, and does public art walks throughout SW British Columbia and NW Washington.