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, arts are the lifeblood of communities.
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. Strongly believe in the arts as building blocs of a strong community. Getting young people engaged with the arts at an early age is crucial.
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, and at our school district it already is. We have done lots of work at West Van schools to ensure that arts are a vital part of the curriculum. This includes designated schools with a special arts focus.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes, as school district we can make our facilities available for use during weekends and holidays.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Better promote events. It is hard as people are busy and you are competing with many other events and activities. But communities need to get better at attracting people to cultural events. At the school board we are trying hard to instill culture & arts in students at an early age while also ensuring their families are aware of what is going on in the arts at a local level.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Part promotion, part support through funding. As school district we can offer facilities for art events during weekends and holidays.
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?
Attendance. Getting community members out to cultural events. This requires funding, collaboration across the community and publicity while fostering engagement across all age groups.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Member Lions Bay Arts Council, former director Kay Meek Arts Centre