Keith P Thom
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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?
Absolutely. We have a strong Arts Community in Peachland
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, as I believe that all art forms, theatre, music and tactile all play an important an integral part in sustaining a sense of 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?
I am a semi pro musician and that creative side has assisted in balancing me for more analytical skills. Our children need to always have a creative component to their education.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
By continuing to support the existing arts programs we have and advocating for further economic support.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
We currently have several facilities available for artistic endeavours and I will support any further affordable sustainable cultural spaces as required.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
One of our Art Galleries currently shares a building with our Visitor Centre so that most of our tourist traffic is exposed to our commitment to Cultural Tourism.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
The Peachland Arts Council does an amazing job of attracting local and international artists to our sweet little town.
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?
On a Heritage note our Visitor Centre is located in a completely refurbished original historical School House. We have 3 major historical buildings and I will continue to fight for their preservation.
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 multiple arts and cultural events and as a singer songwriter have shared my music at some of these events.
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As a singer songwriter for many years I have seen first hand the multiple benefits of exposure to artistic endeavours, regardless of ones professional path.