Harold Whittell

Name

Harold Whittell

Jurisdiction

Township of Langley

Running for

City/Town Council

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?

Yes and yes.

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?

Yes, I have been doing exactly that as a resident for years.

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?

Yes. Fort Langley has the fine arts school that is sought after by many parents to have their children attend.

Cultural Growth

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

The TOL is working on a new cultural center and museum in Fort Langley

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, there is a component of that in the above mentioned project which I fully support.

Cultural Tourism

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

Work with all parties to to discuss needs and formulate a plan to move forward.

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

By having their work well represented and promoted and working towards some success both financially and towards an appreciation of their work.

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?

In Fort Langley we are fortunate to have the Centennial Museum, the farm museum and the Historic Fort, along with an active arts community and the potential of a new cultural center. I have heard first hand the work the Centennial Museum has done through school education programs and site visits and events. Having young people start out with an interest and knowledge. Guaranteed success!

Participation

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 a member of the Township of Langley Heritage Advisory Committee, member of the Langley Heritage Society and the Fort Langley Legacy Foundation. I am a contributor to many events around the arts and cultural community, and have been for years.