Lawren Richards


Lawren Richards


School District #83: North Okanagan-Shuswap

Running for

School Board

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 do not know how much the school district currently invests in the arts, but I would be willing to consider an increase to that amount if appropriate.


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 believe that art, culture, and heritage are a critical part of the education system and a means of building community in our youth, as well as a means of keeping students engaged in their 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 don't have the "how" answer but am very willing to listen to those who have ideas.

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 most critical threat to arts in the school system is our limited budget and the perception that art is not a core subject. Because I believe that art, culture, and heritage are critical parts of *every* subject, I will advocate for their inclusion in the budget in a meaningful amount.