Elaine Wilkinson

Name

Elaine Wilkinson

Jurisdiction

School District #68: Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Running for

School Board

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?

Arts, culture and heritage is extremely important for our young people and should be fully supported within the school system

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?

I would definitely be an advocate for more of this within the school system. It seems to be the first thing that is cut because many don’t see it as being as important as academic education but I see it as being equally as important and sometimes even more important for young people to be successful in life.

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?

Absolutely. I will make sure that it is not forgotten when money is being allocated and remind people of why it is so vital to our education system

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes. Schools have so many ways to support the arts and they have a spades that can be seen as a blank canvas for artists to use their imagination. I’d love to see how they can transform an ugly space within the schools into a work of art. Anything they need to make this happen should be provided within the school and the students should be supported to be creative.

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?

I think the school system currently doesn’t see arts, culture and heritage as being as important as academics and I will advocate for why it is so important.

Participation

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

Sponsor art events, donate to and attend Arts on the Avenue in Ladysmith, attend plays, musicals and concerts to support local talent.