Anna Boltenko

Name

Anna Boltenko

Jurisdiction

City of North Vancouver

Running for

City/Town Council

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?

The City has long considered arts and culture a priority in promoting the well-being of the community. According to the North Vancouver Arts Council, 35% of funds are given by local government. I will continue to promote cultural investments to increase a positive environment for the community and quality of life.

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?

As a councillor, I will continue to advocate, educate, and promote the intrinsic value of the arts in all disciplines.

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?

The City of North Vancouver offers Art Programs for various skill levels, ages, and interests at various venues. I will continue promoting opportunities in art education to the public and individuals through week-long camps for kids, workshops and multi-week courses for kids, youth and adults.

Cultural Growth

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

The arts are a dynamic contributor to the small business sector. The creative industries are comprised of many talented workers who are self-employed, freelancers or employed by micro-enterprises. Supporting nonprofit organizations and small businesses will play an important role in nurturing creative talents and incubating artistic opportunities.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, as small businesses and individual entrepreneurs are not only critical to every city’s economy but also contribute to public art and art spaces.

Cultural Tourism

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

It’s crucial that the experience in our City matches and exceeds what our visitors actually want, therefore great market intelligence is vital. We need to know who the visitors to our City are, and what they’re likely to be looking for? The more market intelligence we have about them, the easier it will be to identify how we could improve their experience.

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

An approach possible would involve making effective use of existing facilities—schools, streets, community centers, libraries and parks, through facility-use agreements using centralized information or directories, thereby also ensuring greater access to cultural events and activities throughout North Vancouver. Another idea involves a partnership between the city, the school district and local homeowners to transform underutilized public land into neighborhood parks, incorporating public art or some other cultural components.

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 public spaces and places for artists to meet with each other, with residents and tourists. The most obvious solution lies in local markets and art hubs creation, both seasonal and permanent.

Participation

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

The City of North Vancouver has the Community Events Calendar that includes a comprehensive listing of cultural events and activities happening on Vancouver's North Shore. My engagement includes regularly attending such events and local theater performances.

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.As an advocate for local food systems, I will promote art through food and visa versa. Because of its importance in everyday life, food has been always an unlimited source of inspiration for Art in all its aspects. From Caravaggio and his still life painting “Basket of Fruits” to present times. Centuries go by, but food is always the protagonist of Art. In fact, the 1960’s Pop Art employs food as the symbol of society’s increased consumption. Nowadays there are a lot of artistic forms that interpret the theme of food in relation to its way of production and consumption, in terms of sustainability for the environment and of distribution for the world’s populations.