Viv Fox

Name

Viv Fox

Jurisdiction (Please indicate your municipality, regional district, or trust area)

Prince George

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?

If I am elected and am capable of doing so within the parameters of my role and duties, this is something I could advocate for.

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, that goes without saying as I myself am an active visual artist and a lover of all things arts and culture. I intimately understand the need for art, culture and heritage to be honored and recognised as well as supported and maintained in a community - because a community lacking arts and culture cannot be whole, it cannot be vibrant and healthy if there is a lack of arts, culture or heritage as they are such a strong part of what gives life and identity to any thriving community.

Cultural Growth

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

This is a question I would only be able to answer if elected.

Cultural Spaces

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

If I am elected and am capable of doing so within the parameters of my role and duties, this is something I could advocate for.

Cultural Tourism

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

By working closely with the City's amazing arts community, Lhedili T'enneh leadership, and Tourism PG (and perhaps Destination BC) I think there are many unexplored opportunities for art and/or cultural events/festivals/exhibits/public art projects which could take place in our incredible City and have been, as of yet, largely unexplored.

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

By supporting (and ideally assisting in the expansion of) the already outstanding efforts of the arts community in holding events, exhibits, workshops and the like and ensuring that these galleries, groups, guilds, clubs and collectives continue to have the recognition, supports (funding or otherwise) and culturally safe spaces to create and hold these amazing events. It would also be great to see more of a focus on promoting existing multicultural and Indigenous festivals as well as developing new events.

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?

Ensuring that the importance of supporting Arts and Culture in community is recognized by citizens as it is such a vital part to a healthy communities makeup; also key is that any barriers or issues the Arts community are faced with are addressed in a timely manner.

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 have attended amazing shows/exhibits/events at Two Rivers, Groop and Studio 2880 as well as workshops put on by Studio 2880, shows put on by Nechacko Theatrics, concerts by PGSO, concerts by local musicians at PG Playhouse, Nancy O's, the PG Legion (43) and Cafe Voltaire, and Art exhibits at ArtSpace - and I am excited to check out Omineca in the very near future; I have also entered my own personal creations into the Groop's little art auction a couple of times over the past few years, I have performed in and helped create props for a few shows put on by Nechako Theatrics, I recently attended a workshop put on by Studio2880, have taken watercolor lessons with June upstairs in ArtSpace, sang in the Whtie Spruce City Chorus, and even braved open mic at Nancy O's a couple years back. I have also donated many hours creating art work for local groups such as the Prince George Brain Injured Group (PGBIG) as well as the Recycling and Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS). When it comes to Arts and Culture in the community there simply isn't enough time in the day to explore all of the amazing facets, but that's just one of the great thing that attracts people to Prince George, and maybe even like me - keeps them here!

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.

Please feel free to contact me at votevivfox@gmail.com - I would love to continue this discussion about Arts and Culture and I know I have so much to learn from the arts community about the needs and issues they and their groups face.