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?
No. But we have a vibrant arts community in Kimberley. I support it totally.
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. Because it is so very important. I play clarinet in the Community Band.
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?
Excellent school music programs here. Keep them up!
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes. I am an advocate for the Arts.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Try to bring back the accordion festival. Used to be a huge hit. Stopped because of lack of volunteers. Same people were doing all the work year after year.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
We just have to keep up the good work,
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?
As above. We are a vibrant arts community here in Kimberley
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Play clarinet in the community band. Attend almost all concerts.
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My Uncle Jim Ratcliffe and friends are directors of the Heritage Board and Kimberley Museum volunteers. We are all about our history here in Kimberley.