Tasha Faye Evans
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, current funding for arts and culture in Port Moody is very modest. Investing in arts, culture and heritage is a major focus of my platform.
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 am an artist myself and consider the arts to be a major contributor to a community's identity and quality of life.
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?
As an early childhood educator, I am keenly aware of the importance of the arts in childhood education. I helped establish the early childhood education program for the Port Moody Parks and Recreation Board and that is work I will certainly expand upon if elected.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
We will support local artists, groups, and events which celebrate our rich cultural history and diverse community. Until recently, there was little acknowledgement of First Nations culture and heritage in our community. I am committed to changing this.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
My platform advocates for the creation of an arts and entertainment district with live-work spaces for local artists and entrepreneurs.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
As stated above, my platform calls for the creation of an arts and entertainment district, capitalizing on local energy already in place. Port Moody is called the "City of the Arts" and has a unique small town identity despite its proximity to Vancouver and our more urban neighbors. I am committed to preserving and enhancing this identity and creating spaces for arts and culture to thrive.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Affordable housing, studio space, and commercial rents are a key component. I am committed to creating a development plan for our city which prioritizes investing in community and quality of life. This plan necessarily includes arts and culture. From experience, I know that when you create space for artists to work and thrive, they inspire one another with their energy, resulting in a vibrant and exciting cultural 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?
Port Moody residents are deeply concerned about preserving our quality of life. I will emphasize the fact that quality of life is intimately tied to arts and culture. Arts, culture, and heritage should be a priority of any new development, not an afterthought.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 am a professional artist and arts educator so my entire life revolves around the arts and will continue to do so even after I am elected.
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Please visit my website www.tashafayeevans.com for more details about my views and beliefs.