Al Ernst


Al Ernst


School District #52: Prince Rupert

Running for

School Board

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?



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?

Define active? Within reason yes, given that the arts and culture will define our generation. I would rather be part of a rich culture and heritage reflected in our art than a cultural dark age.


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?

Education is paramount! I believe a strong education benefits the arts and vice versa. Not sure how much clout my position will entail, but any and all education should be embraced and promoted, including the arts. Promoting creative pursuits and independent thinking, while dangerous to the status quo, is essential for progress.

Cultural Growth

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

Great question. By thinking outside the box, looking for new and innovate ways of securing funding, not being afraid of going against the grain and bucking the establishment. Like good art, good government should consist of trailblazers with vision and commitment to improving.

Cultural Spaces

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

Not really my jurisdiction. But I will certainly promote art and creativity within the education system.

Cultural Tourism

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

We already have a great group of artists in our community. I doubt I could improve on what the local area artists are doing. But I do/will support them.

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

By trying to foster an appreciation of the arts in the school system.

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?

Budget cuts in the school system. I will address it by looking for additional sources of funding and using our existing resources responsibly.


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

When possible I try to attend cultural events. ( Does modelling for a sculpture count?)

Additional Information

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All education is valuable! Arts and culture help to define who we are as a people at this point in time. Truly committed artists will succeed because of their passion and commitment regardless of what local government does! But that doesn't mean we shouldn't assist where and when we can.