Donna Kropp

Name

Donna Kropp

Jurisdiction

Hope

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?

Increased spending is part of a budget process...If the groups involved wish to do a presentation on the their goals & needs, I would be interested in including this in the Budget process... which would only move forward with the full support of council I believe.I personally do support the arts, culture, & heritage in our community.

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, The growth of arts , culture,heritage adds value in so many areas to our community.

Education

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 do support this aspect of a child's development.

Cultural Growth

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

hopefully in perpetuity!

Cultural Spaces

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

In our community we are limited by budget...unattractive items like sewer and roads (infrastructure items , policing costs) have to be be considered also...we have a rather small budget... living with in our means...is my first priority...as long as that includes a healthy balance...and as long as we have active arts enthusiasts... I can say yes affordable sustainable space would be important to me.

Cultural Tourism

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

By supporting the different organizations when and where possible.

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

By ensuring we always spend wisely.

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?

I think we have fairly vibrant groups, art sports and entertainers, and as time goes on I believe as the groups grow, they will require more volunteers...

Participation

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

we have a variety of groups, I have sat on many of the boards over the years...eg, Brigade Days...

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.

I believe this a wonderful opportunity to get to know other people with like minded interests, it is a great way to add value to your community...In some cases I think of arts and culture as a legacy opportunity...and a great way to welcome new comers to our community.