Diana Ng

Name

Diana Ng

Jurisdiction

School District #36: Surrey

Running for

School Board

Party or Slate (if applicable)

Proudly Surrey

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?

According to our City's website: https://www.surrey.ca/city-government/19882.aspx , the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, announced over $130,000 in operating grants from the BC Arts Council in support of the Surrey Art Gallery ($77,000), Surrey Archives and Museum ($28,000), and Arts Council of Surrey ($26,936).

Arts make us more inquisitive, fulfilled and connected; arts funding is the most effective means of creating family-supporting jobs, dollar for dollar.

I would absolutely advocate for increase funding for the arts, culture, and heritage in Surrey.

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?

When elected, I will take an active role on behalf of our local government in championing the growth of arts, culture, and heritage in our community.

I enjoy and promote arts, because art:

1. Tells our story

2. Is healing and keeps us healthy

3. Offers us a full range of communication

4. Makes us whole

5. Keeps us connected and builds community

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?

I will absolutely commit to making the arts a critical component of every child's education.

I will do this by:

1. Advocating for more funding for art classes in schools

2. Promoting the teaching of arts

3. Visiting schools with art exhibits by students

4. Working with media to build awareness of student arts in our community

Cultural Growth

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

We will make the arts an economic engine of our city by:

1. Advocating with the Province and City for more funding

2. Collaborating with our Province and City to create a Bear Creek Arts Strip along 88th Avenue and King George Boulevard, anchored by a renewed Surrey Arts Centre. This will include the construction of new municipal buildings for restaurant, gallery and studio space on public land on the north and south sides of 88th between King George and Lauder Drive

3. Re-zoning the private residences between Lauder and King George to permit incremental conversion to commercial and mixed-use space

2. Increasing the budget of Surrey Arts Centre to fund local drama and musical productions, phasing out the Arts Club contract

3. Increasing the budget of Surrey Art Gallery to fund better gallery shows with greater emphasis on local and aboriginal production

4. Establishing a property tax discount system for short-term gallery rentals, reducing property taxes on commercial spaces that grant short-term (1-3 month) leases to artists and galleries

5. Inviting Emily Carr University to partner with the city in creating a Surrey campus either as part of the Bear Creek Arts Strip and/or the University Drive development to further expand Surrey’s local university campus system.

Cultural Spaces

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

1. Advocate with the Province and City for more funding

2. Increasing the budget of Surrey Arts Centre to fund local dramatic and musical production

3. Increasing the budget of Surrey Art Gallery to fund better gallery shows with greater emphasis on local and aboriginal production

Cultural Tourism

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

I will improve cultural tourism in our community by working with our City to:

1. Promote cultural and community events with different groups and organizations

2. Have systems in place to fully advertise these events. For example, website, social media, pamphlets, brochures, etc...

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

I can attract or retain artists and cultural workers in our community by working:

1. Kwantlen Polytechnic U and SFU to expand their arts and cultural program

2. Our Surrey Board of Trade to promote and help artist and cultural businesses

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?

The arts, culture, and heritage need to be given a larger priority in our community.

I will promote this by working with the Province and City for more funding.

I will bring awareness and promote the work our Surrey Arts Centre, Newton Cultural Centre and Bell Performing Arts Centre.

Participation

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

In 2008, I built Surrey’s first Public Labyrinth in Fleetwood Park with the City of Surrey.

In 2014, I collaborated with the Surrey Councillors to proclaim the first Saturday of each May as Surrey World Labyrinth Day.

For the last 8 years or so, I have facilitated the annual Community Labyrinth Peace Walks as One.

Whenever I visit the labyrinth, it gives me great pleasure to notice its pathways are becoming more worn. This tells me people are walking it and getting good feelings from it.

On August 28, 2018, it was the 10th anniversary of my very special project.

I would like to celebrate the Fleetwood Park Labyrinth’s 10th Anniversary with the grant money I, received from the City of Surrey.

I would like you to join me in walking the labyrinth with warm meditative music performed by a harpist or violinist.

Location: Fleetwood Park Labyrinth 15802 - 80th Avenue

http://labyrinthlady.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/What-is-a-Labyrinth.pdf

Date: October 13, 2018 Saturday

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Free birthday cake and live harpist or violinist music will be provided.

I look forward to walking with you.

Best regards,

Diana

www.labyrinthlady.ca

https://www.facebook.com/VancouverLabyrinth/

Additional Information

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We need more art and cultural spaces in Surrey.

Surrey's population has grown significantly between 2007 and 2017 to 557,310, according to the website: surrey.ca.

Yet, our arts, culture and heritage centres have not matched the needs of our population.