Mike Little

Name

Mike Little

Jurisdiction

District of North Vancouver

Running for

Mayor

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?

Yes, particularly in the form of better utilization of our public facilities that support the arts and culture communities.

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, our community has not updated it cultural plan in over 10 years and with my experience on over 15 community boards I am well positioned to lead and support that initiative.

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?

As a parent of four children I have seen how arts have directly affected their experience growing up, I am happy to continue to be a voice in favour of a robust arts community including supporting the school districts efforts to make art central to education.

Cultural Growth

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

Cultural programming is a core part of our community identity and I will continue to support opportunities to center our community around our cultural institutions.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, as the Chair of the North Vancouver District Public Library Board it has been my driving goal to have barrier free access to high quality public institutions, I will continue to create an inclusive environment for all residents.

Cultural Tourism

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

I will continue to partner with the amazing tour operators in our community who are already our leading advocates for story telling. National tourism leaders like our own Capilano Suspension Bridge need to be supported with our Museum and Archives to add new material to their story telling process.

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

Cost of living on the North Shore is a barrier that we may not be able to entirely overcome, what we can do is help to find the artists that are already here and support them with vibrant community spaces to share their crafts.

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?

Traffic affects all industries including the arts. People are not going out in the evenings in part due to the traffic congestion, we will moderate and phase the current construction boom to attempt to free up peoples personal time from the traffic snarls.

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 have served in a volunteer capacity on several culture and arts related committees, including the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture commission, the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, The North Vancouver Heritage commission, where I lead heritage tours teaching people about our pioneering history, and I also currently serve as the Chair of the North Vancouver District Public Library Board.