Fort St John
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?
I am not sure about the exact dollar amount the city invests in arts. I would advocate for more, in line with spending priorities.
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?
Yes, I will take an active role in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage. The reason for this is that a more developed art culture raises the Municipality's profile. It shows that Fort St John is not only a great place to work in but it is a great place to live in as well.
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 believe that art is in every one from the earliest age. What we as adults have to focus on is to find each child's specialty. Some can paint others can sing, write or act. In almost all cases, children excel in the artforms they like. Our duty is to help them find the art form in which they are happy to develop their talents.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
The local government invests in street arts and community art fairs.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes, I would work to ensure access to affordable and sustainable cultural spaces for artists and art organizations. The City of Fort St John has several buildings that have not been fully utilized. Arranging affordable spaces for artists would help the city in its efforts to revitalize the Downtown core.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
In cooperation with all cultural groups, such as the local Native communities, a great number of visible minority groups and a very large number of European immigrants, the city is well positioned to build its tourist industry based on artistic diversity.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
I would stress the availability of low cost space, the helpfulness of city management and the uniqueness of the area.
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?
Fort St. John, in my mind, is a commenced but grossly unfinished canvas. Several pieces of the picture, such as colours and shapes, are still missing from this masterpiece. This city must be made more colourful, and I would work to realize this vision.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
My stepson and his wife are painters. I am involved in letting the world know that amateur artists bring value to the community.
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The community must understand tat art makes not only cultural but economic sense as well. Art benefits the entire community as a whole.