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?
Gibsons invests approximately $50,000 yearly in arts. That number is quite substantial for a small community.
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. I as a previous owner of the largest art gallery on the Sunshine Coast I know and appreciate how important the arts are to this community and to the many visitors who come here yearly.
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?
This is something that cannot be done at Municipal level. However, if and when possible I would like to see the Town lobby the province for more arts programs in the schools.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
The Town of Gibsons will continue to support cultural events. Expanding the investment will depend on extra funds that may or may not be available.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Most artists work out of their homes and open their doors to interested visitors. The Town does subsidize a Public Gallery now. Arts organizations do get funding from the Town.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
By supporting the organizations or groups who are developing cultural tourism.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Artist seem to find their way to the Coast on their own. And some come due to word of mouth. the next step is to encourage folks to shop local, visit our artists and galleries.
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 do not think we have an "issue" with the Arts in our community or on the Sunshine Coast.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
As stated earlier, I owned an art gallery for 8 years. I know many of the artists on the entire coast and I support all their showings, events and volunteer with the annual, highly success Art Crawl.