Lara Beckett

Name

Lara Beckett

Jurisdiction

Regional District of Fraser-Fort George

Running for

Director

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?

1.6 million

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 have been vice chair of the Cultural Services Advisory Committee for the last number of years. Our Regional District provides 5 year stable funding for Cultural Agencies in Prince George, Valemount, McBride and Mckenzie through a Cultural Plan Agreement.

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?

Our Cultural Plan includes requirements for city based cultural agencies to offer programs in the rural areas

Cultural Growth

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

The 5 year stable funding agreements allows the cultural agencies to leverage other funding and grow their programs

Cultural Spaces

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

The Regional District of Fraser Fort George started an endowment fund for grants to cultural organizations 15 years ago, and has started providing grants in the last year.

Cultural Tourism

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

Marketing cultural organizations jointly, to increase exposure

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

not directly within our jurisdiction, but our 5 year funding support of the cultural agencies allows them to plan long.

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?

capturing local pioneer stories and history, documenting current cultural changes. I will support renewal of the 5 Year Cultural Plan

Participation

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

Vice Chair of the Cultural Services Advisory Committee, attend events at the Art Gallery, give gifts of membership to the Museum to others

Additional Information

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