Francis Mark Bucher
School District #43: Coquitlam
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 am not sure of the amount. I will find out and yes, I am a huge advocate of the arts and I would be in favour of more spending in this area.
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, I will! My degree fro UBC is in music and I will promote all of the arts if elected both in our schools and in the community.
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?
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Through promotion and advocacy. The more informed that people become, the more that they will attend concerts, showings etc.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes. Again through advocacy and through seeking and using grants effectively.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
By promoting quality events where all artists are fairly represented. There are many 'hobby' artists in every genre of the arts and they would come to support their peers. Plus the average person needs to become more aware of the artists in their community.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
By promoting Coquitlam as a centre for the arts.
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?
Probably apathy and lack of awareness. These two issues are related and we need to promote and raise awareness of the arts.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I am glad you ask! Not only does my family and I attend concerts, plays, and art exhibits but i play music myself eg. Gallery Bistro and encourage local musicians and singers to come out and hone their musical skills.
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I believe strongly in the arts in education and in daily life. I have devoted most of my life to this cause because art can help to make one a better person.