Helen Robertson

Name

Helen Robertson

Jurisdiction

Port Alberni

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?

I believe that the City invests in a old heritage train car called the "Two Spot" a ton of money has been spent through the years on its restoration. I would advocate only if it goes to Culture arts because the Heritage has been using the funds for the Two Spot.

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 would love help and play an active role in seeing the arts ,culture and heritage grow in our city, because its a part of the community and in some areas its also our History.

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 I would commit to making the arts a critical component of every child's education. I would prob offer field trips to BC museums and introduce to different art styles by diverse individuals. and offer more class time in and out side environments.

Cultural Growth

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

we have the Rollins Art Center they sell merchandise and have annual sales of the flowers that they grow, we also have McLean Mill site which they rent out for venues.

Cultural Spaces

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, sustainable cultural spaces for artist and arts organizations. I would lobby the city to donate space so that the artist can work in a safe space and then I would ask the city if the artist can display their works of arts through out the community so everyone can see.

Cultural Tourism

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

I would advertise on the city website or have pamphlets at the Tourism office so that the tourist will see and visit this location mentioned on the pamphlet.

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

I would probably have a contest to attract the artist first, then can see their work first hand, then I would network with all of them in a data base.

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 believe that the funding is the single most important issue relating to arts , culture, and heritage in our community. I would probably try to tap into grants through the provincial and federal governments.

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 personally engage in cultural life in my community by attending events that are advertised in the local free paper or if i see on a advertising board in a store.

Additional Information

If you'd like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture, and heritage issues in your community, please use the space below.

I support the local arts,culture and heritage in my community.:)