Stephanie Wiggins

Name

Stephanie Wiggins

Jurisdiction

Nelson

Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)

Coalition of Responsible Electors (CORE)

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?

According to Nelson's 2018 Budget Presentation, the city of Nelson spends $2,697,478 on Park, Cultural and Recreation. Arts falls into this part of the budget, but I am struggling to find the exact amount. I would love to advocate for increased spending in the arts, as long as it meant that it benifited the greater community via job creation or revenue from increased tourism.

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 will take an active role. Nelson is a vibrant arts community and I want to see it continue to support all types of arts. It is important for the emotional and intellectual growth of both visitors and residents. Our arts community is a source of pride and income for many people who call Nelson home.

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?

While some candidates may argue that 'education' is only taught within the four walls of a public school, I know as an educator myself that education is much more than school. I would commit to advocating for arts programs for children (and adults!) of all ages within the community. Arts in schools are a Federal and Provincial issue, but Municipalities can support arts education but ensuring that varied, interesting and accessible art workshops and programs are made available to students throughout the year all around the community.

Cultural Growth

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

By continuing to invest financially in City owned arts and culture facilities and by green lighting festivals and events that celebrate the arts in all its variations.

Cultural Spaces

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

Absolutely. I would insure that the city continues to support our existing arts spaces and organizations and seriously considers the creation of new spaces/organizations/facilities that the community recommends.

Cultural Tourism

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

By listening to the leaders within our arts communities to help support them in spreading the word about exciting events.

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

By helping find solutions to lack of affordable housing and overall cost of living in our community. To continue to keep our city beautiful and enjoyable to live in.

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?

Keeping up with the repair needed for infrastructure related to the facilities and heritage buildings that host our arts programs. Insuring there is a fine balance of allowing the arts community the autonomy to make decisions as experts in their feilds and supporting them financially through city funds.

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 arts and culture events, such as music festivals, year end arts school celebrations, art walks and theater performances.

Additional Information

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