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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?
No I do not know how much is spent but it can never be enough, however, in a city with many pressing needs and only a small pot to draw funds from these monies must be put to the best uses possible, the more pressing the need the more money is directed at it. What is left has to be divvied up among the rest, not the answer you want I think but in its harshness it is the truth
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 I am elected one of the first things I will be putting forward is a building bylaw that states if you are redeveloping a building that has an existing bar, club, theater, gallery in it then that place must be replaced when the building is done, if a builder refuses then no building permits will be handed out
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 councilor I would have little to no influence in education matters
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Again you are talking about scarce tax dollars so I would say I will keep the funding that is in place now and after scanning the citys books I will look to see if there are more of these scarce dollars to be found, if possible I will strive to see these fundings increased
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
In a city where affordability & homeless are the two biggest issues it is going to get increasingly difficult to find such places, however I will seek out any donors of lands or spaces that may be willing to lend a hand and maybe even offer up tax breaks if some come forward
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
The cultural community is the one that is in charge of that, if the community creates things that create interest the people will come, I have a few ideas but I need to check with the Parks Board and Translink about the viability of my ideas
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
I believe that if the cultural community can create a vibrant scene in this area then the artists will come. I do believe part of the old EMILY CARR building could be a great area to be a home base for all cultural and arts undertakings
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?
I think the community should be the ones to tell myself and council what the most important issues are, not me telling you
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
My weekends are spent seeking out great events to attend and almost every weekend I am at one or two events, I buy local artists work and support these events with my hard earned after tax dollars
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As I read through these questions I am struck by one thing, you are continually asking for money or support from the taxpayers in this city. These are tough times, money is scarce and everyone has their hand out. Not all of them can get what they want. If the Arts & Culture folks want more then they are going to have to step up and show me what is needed where and what the payback is. There is not some bottomless pot that the city can dig into every time someone comes asking. Many cities have vibrant exciting cultural events but they mostly fund themselves by creating things folks are willing to pay to see or participate in. I will do what I can with what I have to spend but I am not going to lie to you, it is not going to be easy