(Viraat) Balakrishna Thammanna

Name

(Viraat) Balakrishna Thammanna

Jurisdiction

Nanaimo

Running for

City/Town Council

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 am not sure on figures as of now. I will support allocating decent funding for this purpose in budget.

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, Art and culture is the root since human existence. People express their mind through creating or exhibiting their art and culture, eventually that will become heritage for all of us.

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, children express their innocent feelings and emotions through creating their own art. We must give enough resources in funds and time for this purpose to keep children blooming.

Cultural Growth

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

Not sure as of now. Will have to discuss collectively among with the team of Councilors and take decision.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, I will have to discuss with Council if city has enough space in city owned premises to give access for this purpose, and or check with other like minded large volume property owners who are interested to participate in this purpose.

Cultural Tourism

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

By adding this topic on city tourist information map/leaflet. Promoting this to Cruise ship patrons and tourists visiting our city by other transportation.

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

By providing workshop opportunities and supporting them in what ever manner possible, again I have to discuss with the council.

Participation

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

By all above mentioned in question and also promoting and volunteering.

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 and culture is extremely important in our life in communities. It brings creativity, colors, richness and cultural rainbow in life. I love you all involved in arts and culture.