B.K. Barbara Anderson


B.K. Barbara Anderson


School District #39: Vancouver

Running for

School Board

Party or Slate (if applicable)

IDEA Vancouver


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?

Vision Vancouver is not very transparent about their financial statement or budget. However, I am a supporter of the arts in Vancouver and would especially advocate for an increase in cultural investment for arts in minority cultures.


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?

I will because without the arts there is no life. Arts and culture are the soul of a society, its mirror and its challenge to be better.


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?

If elected Trustee for the VSB I will make the arts a high priority in the District. It is one of my four platform priorities because music and arts are important for student engagement and can make the difference for students to stay in school and graduate.

Cultural Growth

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

Vancouver desperately needs more rehearsal spacd for smaller theatre companies and more stage space as well. I would like to see a cultural space for all artists (musicians, artists, performers etc.) to meet for collaboration and sharing with small performance spaces in downtown Vancouver for noon hour performances.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, this is vital and is a good way to utilize the community amenity contributions from developers that have, supposedly, been collected for the last ten years but not used.

Cultural Tourism

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

We need another theatre space along east Broadway between Main and Cambie that could be a good repertory theatre producing good local theatre shows for cruise ship tourists and other tourists. The Vogue theatre could also be renovated for better use by local theatre companies and musicians for the tourist trade through tax incentives. Comedy clubs should also get tax breaks if set up in local restaurants that might otherwise be closed in the evenings.

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

A housing co-op like PAL but for younger artists should be built on city land in the West End or downtown that could provide affordable housing for artists when in town or permanently but have space for artists that travel.

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?

Affordable housing for artists is a key issue. The arts are important for every society but never provide secure compensation during an artist's early years or later life. Housing co-ops and affordable rental housing must be a priority in all city zoning and permitting.


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 theatre, opera, symphony, music concerts and art shows in the city and have personally donated to these organizations.

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.

It is vitally important to restore music and arts programs in the Vancouver School District that have been cut in recent years. Specialist music and arts teachers must be retained by the District and multi-use spaces included in all, new and seismically upgraded schools.