Marg Gardiner

Name

Marg Gardiner

Jurisdiction

Victoria

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?

Approximately $400,000, but value depends on what is included in the way of investment. What is missing for promotion/support of the arts is showcasing. I don't mean an event, but street-front presence and a policy by local tourism groups to support the local industry in many ways. For example, I have seen other countries promote through ensuring local arts and artisan product is in all tourism stores.

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. Arts and culture contribute to the social fabric of a community. They enhance quality of life.

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 am not in the school system, hence the question may not directly apply. However, as a parent I ensured that my own children were involved in visual arts, drama, and in music (2 instruments each).

Cultural Growth

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

The City needs to press for more private sector support and as mentioned in earlier question, should ensure others funded (e.g. tourism) promote local.

Cultural Spaces

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

There is a space I have been suggesting. Will pursue and see if an opportunity.

Cultural Tourism

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

Much could be done to promote through City promotion and encouraging the tourism industry to promote local arts.

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

There are many artists and cultural workers in the community. Due to the multiple jurisdictions, support is fractured. There needs to be more integration of programs/obligations between and among the 13 municipalities.

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?

Although the major musical and theatrical groups are well-known, the visual artists and artisans products are relatively unknown. Known within the arts community, but not through the general population. More street presence is needed.

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 attend arts/cultural events.