Carolyn Farris


Carolyn Farris



Running for 

City/Town Council

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?

The local government funds cultural activities, events and groups through grants in aid.


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 volunteer at O'Keefe Ranch and actively support local cultural groups and activities.


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?

Arts are a critical component of a well rounded education.

Cultural Growth

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

Grants in aid and budget support where appropriate will continue to provide cultural programs in the community.

Cultural Spaces

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

Parks and planned usage for existing cultural spaces will continue to make them viable.

Cultural Tourism

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

Working with a Tourism BC and local Chamber of Commerce will create partnerships to improve cultural tourism which can be a significant driver for community businesses.

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

Local zoning for home based business allows artisans to showcase and sell their products as well as local farmers markets.

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?

Ensuring continued support to make heritage relevant and sought after. I will continue to volunteer and promote heritage sites and events.


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

I am currently on the O'Keefe Ranch board and try to attend as many activities as possible at Caravan and Asparagus Theatres, Music in the Park, the Museum and Art a Gallery and other local events.