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 know our local government supports the Pacific Rim Arts Society, which is a non-profit society that supports a wide range of arts, culture and heritage initiatives.
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, as I believe the arts are an integral part of the community and should be encouraged and supported.
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 believe that each child having the opportunity to partake in music, dramatic and visual arts events and courses. I am committed to encouraging students and supporting arts events for the schools and outside of the schools. Children who are active in the arts develop self-confidence that stands them in good stead throughout their lives.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
I would like to ensure that cultural programs in Ucluelet are encouraged and have access to the grants and support they need to flourish.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
I would like to encourage affordable access to space for the arts in our community. I am aware that Pacific Rim Arts Society currently has a space that is used for events and art shows and I would like to ensure that the space remains available to them.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
I am aware of some cultural tourism currently going on in our community, but I believe that there is more interest in it and it could be a way to sustain our tourism year-round.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
If there are more opportunities for artists and cultural workers to share their art with the public, I believe that it will make the community better overall. I want to encourage the work that the Pacific Rim Arts Society already does to bring outside artists into our community for exhibitions, to be inspired by our area and to share their art.
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 know that there is a large, active arts community here in Ucluelet and I feel that it needs to be encouraged and supported and I would like to help that support from council.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I attend as many arts and cultural events as I am able and support our local artists by purchasing their art. I also have been heavily involved in our local theatre group for the last few years and host a local weekly karaoke show.