Regional District of East Kootenay
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?
Significant dollars are invested into Arts & Culture throughout the East Kootenay by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) and the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). I support any funding increases for arts, cultural and heritage groups and creative producers across the RDEK.
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?
I will take an active role in supporting the growth of arts, culture and heritage because it connects people and builds community. Heritage is about knowing and learning from our past. Art is meant to challenge and provide another perspective on the world and local community. Culture can be a tool to unify and bind people to the community.
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?
Every person is born with the ability to imagine and create. Public education needs to foster this talent and not quash it. Supporting children's interaction with art and artists shows them how the express creative talent. Giving children an opportunity to create and "do art" will provide the confidence they need to continue an artistic life.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
To continue to provide funding to groups, creators and artistic programs.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Continue to provide funds for creative spaces.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Funding marketing and advertising efforts is crucial for improving cultural tourism.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
The affordability and life style of the East Kootenay is already a significant draw for artists and creative producers.
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?
Support continued funding and where possible increase funding.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Attending art, culture and heritage events in the East Kootenay.