Gary Ander

Name

Gary Ander

Jurisdiction

Bowen Island

Running for

Mayor

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?

We are very generous, both in support and financial assistance to our Arts Council, and this is constantly under review

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?

Absolutely, because it is a core of a healthy, vibrant 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?

Arts programs, for all ages, are a well established in our Recreation Department.

Cultural Growth

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

See above

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, through policy initiatives

Cultural Tourism

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

Through Our Tourism Bowen Island Organization

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

That is not a problem here

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?

Lack of Public art which is being addressed ina new Public Art POlicy

Participation

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

All the above