Rahim Othman

Name

Rahim Othman

Jurisdiction

School District #38: Richmond

Running for

School Board

Party or Slate (if applicable)

Richmond Community Coalition

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, arts is fundamental part of our life. And we need enough investment to help our schools host and run related programs that invest in BC's future generations.

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?

As a board member of the Cinevolution Media Arts Society (and other organizations prior to that), I have been active in organizing events that promote culture, heritage and art. Richmond is one of the most diverse communities when it comes to culture and I believe that not only enriches the community but gives it unique strength to be economically stronger.

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?

Arts should be a critical component of every child’s education. Children deserve to have arts programs that are crafted not only to help them discover their potential but to improve and enhance to ultimately excel. This is investment in BC's future generation.

Cultural Growth

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

We need to be creative in maintaining and growing the investment in cultural programs in the community. Beside allocating part of the budget, we can seek funding from local and national businesses, organizations as well as conducting fundraising events.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, in the school context we can make arts programs an essential element of the school curricular and extra-curricular activities

Cultural Tourism

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

Educational cultural tourism programs and events for schools are one way to invest in our children for better and stronger cultural tourism in the community

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

By ensuring access to affordable, sustainable cultural programs and spaces for artists and arts organizations

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?

Many issues one of which making related programs and events sustainable, accessible and engaging with the community highlighting the benefits they bring to the residents and businesses.

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 am a board member of the Cinevolution Media Arts Society for several years and have been engaged with municipal programs that promote cultural diversity and encourage expression with arts

Additional Information

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Arts, culture, and heritage are elements of every community. Investing in them makes our life, society and business better and more enjoyable.