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. Maybe if there was a good business case presented.
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 over the last 4 years and will continue as necessary.
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?
I don't see this as a role of Town Council, however we make arts, heritage and culture affordable in our community through adequate funding. IE, free concerts, free admission to museum, free children events etc.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Will maintain funding to Kicking Horse Culture and Golden & District Museum & Archives. Will continue to partner with our regional district to maintain this.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Our cultural spaces are owned by the Town, managed by our arts council, same as the museum.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
We will continue to co-fund cultural/heritage events with our regional district and encourage partnerships between our tourism agency and the cultural agencies. I think Culture is something we do right already.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Golden has a lifestyle that naturally attracts many artists, musicians and other cultural workers. It is not too expensive to live here.
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?
Single most issue period is a lack of affordable housing and we are exploring all possibilities for solutions.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Attend arts and culture events, use facilities as venues whenever possible. I am a member of all our cultural and heritage societies.
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