Jurisdiction (Please indicate your municipality, regional district, or trust area)
Party or Slate (if applicable)
Green Party of Vancouver
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, $12m+ 2018 and yes I value cultural spending so would likely advocate increases as possible.
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 a self-employed designer for 30 years, my professional life has been largely defined by creative arts in my practice and clients - as well as my personal interests and volunteer work. Lately as part of my community development work I've been exploring the intersection between arts, culture, and heritage and how that builds community, engagement, and capacity.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
The upcoming Creative City Strategy is expected to address this and I intend to take an active and supportive role in the review and discussion.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
We have a big challenge with industrial space, which is seeing increased demand and shrinking land base and vacancy rates. Where possible I think we need to look at permitting cultural spaces in R- (residential) zoned areas. I think there is opportunity to loosen permitting for cultural uses elsewhere too, as well using city owned vacant commercial spaces. Further, cultural spaces as a public benefit contribution in new development re-zonings.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
I live in Strathcona and between Chinatown, Culture Crawl, Heart of the City, our inherent heritage and other draws, I feel we are blessed with a pretty good cultural tourism attractions. That said, we can always do more for the greater community and city-at-large, I'd like to see the outcomes of the Creative City Strategy - but I think more fun events, that are accessible and well promoted by the city can only help.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Even the most vibrant and well promoted cultural milieu will be challenged by the dearth of affordable homes. We need to get our housing market under control and seek ways to be more permissive of artist live work opportunities
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?
Housing affordability. We have a number of proposals in our platform that address increasing the supply of homes for people who live and work here.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I've been involved for a number of years with VF's Neighbourhood Small Grants. I attend local cultural events as often as I can