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 would commit to advocating for an increase in funds for arts and culture here. At the present time there is little or no support for this in the municipality
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. Arts and culture helps to maintain and promote a healthy, involved 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?
By supporting art teachers and students in their chosen cultural endeavours
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Through fundraising for visible artwork in the community and supporting those who do so; promoting local art shows and artists
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Through promoting Masset as a place to visit for artists and students and helping to find funds for 'artspaces'
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Continue the work I'm doing now through the Nature Centre at Delkatla where we promote and encourage visitors worldwide
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Help out through fundraising for artistic and cultural endeavours in town and supporting Federal and Provincial programs to reduce the tax burden on artists
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?
Presently there is little or no support nor funding relating to arts and culture here
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I write a weekly column on birds and wildlife; attend art shows art shows, provide a space for artists in the Nature Centre, work with others who visibly support artists, i.e. the local Maritime Museum and other places