John Allen

Name

John Allen

Jurisdiction

Harrison Hot Springs

Running for

Mayor

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?

Not much, though they do provide buildings and civic space

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?

I always have done so.

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?

Not my business. That's for school boards.

Cultural Growth

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

In response to requests from the local arts community.

Cultural Spaces

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

I've already done that during a previous mayoral term. They have a whole building which I got for them, the old Ranger Station.

Cultural Tourism

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

By supporting the summer Arts Festival, which I started during a previous mayoral term.

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?

Community involvement. More events catering to residents.

Participation

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 them all, when invited.

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 have been active in the Kent Harrison Arts Council and have started our summer arts festival. As a musician myself, I support music and hold a couple of outdoor concerts a year where I hire bands.