Martin Runge

Name

Martin Runge

Jurisdiction

Quesnel

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?

To part 1 No. To part 2 if possible yes. I believe a strong and vibrant ACH is a benefit to the region as well as the community, but I am also cognizant of the tax base and might have to find a way to get support from other bodies of government

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?

Yes, as all my children have benefited from the arts, culture and heritage activities they have been involved in

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?

I will continue to support the program and the positives that our family have benefited from by being involved. But as educational policy is not in the mandate of a local councillor I cannot make it a critical component of my official platform

Cultural Growth

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

By supporting the many volunteers and their organizations to keep and grow membership. By supporting events that are a Win-win for everyone

Cultural Spaces

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

I will support. "Ensure" might be a promise that I may not be able to keep. I believe in the strength of the ACH community and it's importance to the fabric of society so will support as I can.

Cultural Tourism

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

Supporting activities and business opportunities that have a win-win component when coming to council

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

Continue with community development that also considers and works with ACH components and providers

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?

Supporting Volunteer groups whose mandate is supportive but who may need support with membership or meeting spaces

Participation

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

Involved and supportive (or kids are involved) with Community Arts Festival, Music, Choir, Twinning Society, Fall Fair and local Fairs

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.

Arts, culture, and heritage are backbones of communities.... as individuals and society we must find a way to continue support.