Sandra Agatiello

Name

Sandra Agatiello

Jurisdiction

Ashcroft

Running for

Mayor

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?

Yes

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, arts, culture and heritage help to build stronger communities, attract business and enrich peoples lives.

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, by supporting and promoting programs offered within the community.

Cultural Growth

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

To continue to apply for funding that supports cultural programs.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, by encouraging the use of spaces run by the Village and by supporting and promoting spaces run by other organizations in town.

Cultural Tourism

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

By actively marketing and promoting what Ashcroft has to offer via improved signage along the highway, and using various forms of communication to showcase the mosaics, museum, recreation, music, art and history in Ashcroft.

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

By supporting and promoting the venues that currently bring music and cultural events to Ashcroft.

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?

Lack of a plan to actively market and promote arts, culture and heritage. This could be addressed by employing an individual to carry out this job.

Participation

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

I attend and/or volunteer at many of the cultural events in town. I am a member and volunteer for Winding Rivers Arts & Performance, a volunteer organization which puts on a yearly play and Music in the Park every summer. I attend live performances at Unitea, which are held 1 to 2 times per month, and I have been hosting all the musicians this year at my home. I attend the Arts Club Show every April, which showcases our local artist. We also have a local choir who usually has 2 shows a year, and I am student of the Krush Dance Company which has a very successful program. There were 150 dancers taking part in the last show in April. There are two sessions each year and dancers take part in a show for the community after every session.

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.

I feel strongly that arts, culture and heritage greatly enhance the quality of life, bring communities closer together and should be supported by the Municipality.