Rod Belleza

Name

Rod Belleza

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, I would like to advocate for an increase in the cultural investment for arts, culture and heritage in our community.

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?

If elected, I will take an active role in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage in my community. I want the School District to provide opportunities for all students to develop skills and knowledge that enable them to enjoy a productive 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?

Yes, I will commit to making the arts a critical component of every child's education.I fully support incorporating the arts in our educational program and curriculum. We should adapt and enhance our educational curriculum involving the Arts to develop each student's ability to enjoy the arts as a part of their life-long learning process and the development of their potential..

Cultural Growth

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

I believe that our local government should grow its investment in cultural programs in our community by having a partnership with the city and the local art organizations to further enhance our educational program and curriculum, to promote the social and cultural opportunities for artists and their organizations and to improve the quality of life of the people of Richmond..

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes, I will work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artist and arts organization. Through partnership with the city and the school district, local arts organizations may be able to share the resources available for the use of its members. Support and recognition from the city, the School District and the community are also very important.

Cultural Tourism

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

Richmond is a beautiful city with diverse makeup and history. We should expose the touriststo the many splendours our city has to offer. Let us support and recognize local artist and and cultural groups in their desire to improve cultural tourism in our community.

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

We can attract or retain artists and cultural groups in our community by supporting the works that they do, by recognizing the importance of their contribution to the promotion of arts and culture and to the quality of life of the people in Richmond and by providing grants if it is financially feasible.

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?

To my opinion, funding is the single most important issue relating to arts, culture and heritage in our community. Funding support is very important to attract and retain cultural groups. Grants and support from the public and private sectors are needed in the operation of arts organizations. I can provide proactive leadership and support for arts, culture and heritage at the School Board level and in our community.

Participation

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

As a Trustee, I would like to advocate and support for the following: a. School District in partnership with local arts organizations b. Include Arts in the official community plan c. Enhance students' opportunity to develop their individual potential d. Support and recognize local artists and their organization e. Support funding of the Gateway Theatre, art galleries, and cultural centres

Additional Information

If you'd like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture, and heritage issues in your community, please use the space below.

Richmond is a beautiful city and rich in diversity and culture. We should expose ourselves to the many splendours our city has to offer. Let us stand united to support the artist and the organizations they represent.