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?
I believe it's very important to have a healthy recognitions of the arts in our community and yes I would vote to keep our funding sustainable and prominent. I think it's one of the healthiest ways to bring a vibrant community together.
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. We are located on Vancouver island and I believe thats it's important now more than ever to focus on the traditional first Nations artist in particular. These arts are worth mpre than money. I would continue to promote the history to be taught and the beautiful culture of creating local artist continues strong into future generations as we currently sit on a cultural tipping point we have the ability to become future we believe in.
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 also believe arts to be a founding piece of social fabric and the most beautiful things remember thru the ages will forever be the art we create.. This should be taught early and continue into adult hood.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
We have several beautiful local programs that are featured in prominent city locations, I would continue to push for more social media exposure and capitalize on any available grants that may be accessible. We continue to partner with local first Nations governments to help beautify the water front which is in fact traditional Tseshaht territory and I would continue to place value and trust in those agreements because that's what comes to my mind when I think of West coast beauty and West coast art.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
I would like to speak with the local first Nations in the area on possible shared use space instead of traditional government locations. I think opening up relations to help use those spaces would in turn promote first Nations life style and allow for greater chances to make new friends and connect with a wide range of public
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
I think it should be included in some of our major festivals that already attract alot of tourism but we lack certain venues that could make it that much better. I would like to see a much needed night market open during our salmon festival and have interactive arts for the public since we already have a stage and open venue space.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Our town is full of artist, we need to provide them a better chance to display it. Maybe even allowing for vendor permits to sell good at craft shows on the weekend instead of leasing a building for a seasonal gallery
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?
To me I feel the need to salvage first Nations arts, culture and language before we don't have a chance. There are wonderful programs for this already but exposure is everything a city can do alot to promote it's people.. in fact it's one of the the only things we can do for cheap.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Daily. I create art as well as own a gallery I believe strongly in the art community.