Don Mitchell

Name

Don Mitchell

Jurisdiction

Maple Ridge

Running for

City/Town Council

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?

Without looking up budget numbers, no I do not know how much is currently being invested in arts and culture. Any increase would be dependant on the overall budget.

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?

That is a school board issue not council

Cultural Growth

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

I would want any budget to at least maintain the current levels of funding.

Cultural Spaces

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

We currently have that situation with our public building plus there are other venue in the community that would lend themselves to artists and arts organizations that are not being utilized.

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 attend various events. Am involved with the Seniors Society whose theatre troupe puts on two shows per year currently.

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.

While arts and culture are not my forte nor am I participatory, I recognize they are a vital part of our overall city environment and enjoyment.