Lou Jose

Name

Lou Jose

Jurisdiction

Maple Ridge

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 would protect the current level of funding in place but I would have to see a plan on what further investment would be used for.

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?

My family has been in Canada since 1850. I am a passionate protector of our culture and heritage.

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?

I though arts was already a big part of early childhood education. I would need more information to determine if we need to increase that level in my School District.

Cultural Growth

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

Proceeds from Tourism which I have a plan to expand in Maple Ridge.

Cultural Spaces

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

Sorry, I need more education than I can find on internet to answer this question properly.

Cultural Tourism

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

Focus on our rich Native and Frontier history. I have a plan to add a Culture and Heritage site to Albion Flats for residents and to attract tourists.

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

Sorry, I need more education than I can find on internet to answer this question properly.

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?

No solid idea on Arts but I have a plan to add a Culture and Heritage site to Albion Flats for residents and to attract tourists.

Participation

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

Regular visitor of the Maple Ridge Act Art Gallery for shows and events.