Marie Prior


Marie Prior



Running for

City/Town Council

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?

The elected council should hold as a priority, the cultural heritage we have and invest strongly to maintain our unique position in the Okanagan area


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?

Expanding the growth of arts is just a sensible way to connect with our community, offering every aspect of the arts for us to learn and take pride in. Developing programs for our children to learn their own uniqueness and develop their talents and skills as well be open to all the variety of cultures present here in Penticton.


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 will commit to promoting the arts as a basic necessity to having a full rounded education, beginning in the classroom, at the earliest age, To be available to other agencies for collaboration and solutions, together we can make a difference in the approach to arts and culture for everyone.

Cultural Growth

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

Always in co-operation with the many and varied groups, providing the opportunities for the community to be invited and attend the many events already well established in Penticton. Research more funding partners, and private donators.

Cultural Spaces

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

Absolutely.. It would be possible to have " Painters day" in the good weather seasons, to showcase their work to rotate the local parks and teaching sessions at the same time for the children and adults, who want to have more exposure to the arts..Also provide open workshops on Stage Theatre, concerts in the park, presented by the local school choirs and have mini competitions with the schools, for student funding - and local awards...In all promote an inclusive model for both young and old.

Cultural Tourism

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

Since we live in the best location for wine, food and visual beauty, bring it together, by media major promotions throughout B.C and U.S. but do something different, persuade the Hotel/Motel/Wineries etc. to drastically cut their costs for packages on a one time event, e.g. promote the 60"s flavour, and then move forward with similar situations. If all of the Penticton business got on board, we could have a tourism regeneration.

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

Probably in the beginning advertising would be the short answer, In order to keep the workers here, we could set up Artist's hostel, where small groups of Artists gather together and do work in the community to beautify the space, have road artists, much the same as the Murals, being designed and painted now.

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?

Maintaining our Parks for perpetuity to safeguard the rights of our community to visit and enjoy and bring family and friends to share, without the fear that it will be exploited by Developers, who have only one objective, "make money". No money will ever compensate for the loss of any parks or green space


How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)I have been strongly engaged in the areas of Music, in the past Tuneagers choirs and I still play bass guitar today. Also attending most concerts, and local events, The Saturday markets where buskers play and the children dance and play the drums and musical instruments.

Additional Information

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A vibrant Arts and Culture program provides the opportunity for young people to develop their complete potential, for Seniors and other adults, provides the opportunity to express their uniqueness.