Ken Christian

Name

Ken Christian

Jurisdiction

Kamloops

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?

Approximately 500k and I support service agreements that would expand that over the next 4 years incrementally

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 because it enhances livability and expands cultural tourism

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?

Yes both with the School District and with Thomson Rivers University

Cultural Growth

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

By working with the Arts community to revive a community discussion on a performance and exhibition facility

Cultural Spaces

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

I believe in incubator programs and nesting centres for emerging artists similar to those at Quidi Vidi

Cultural Tourism

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

Working to bridge opportunity between the arts sector and the tourism centre and the economic development sector such as Tourism Kamloops Venture Kamloops and WCTC KSO and the Kamloops Art Gallery

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

Support performance venues and sales opportunities through community markets

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?

Lack of performance space and I am excited to work with the sector on a shared and joint venue

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 as I am able and support through private contributions