Mark A Gisborne
qathet (Regional District)
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?
As a long time artist, no i would not be interested in increasing funding for arts at a regional district level. Culture and heritage funding should go through the museum funding.
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?
Limiting barriers to artists is the best way to promote art of various forms.
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 will defer this to the board of education.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
On a case by case basis, based on the presentations by the various advocacy groups in the community.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
lack of restrictions and regulations in my area growing up allowed me to express myself through metal sculpting. individual non-profit organizations interested in doing this as a collective will be assessed on a case by case basis.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
We currently, and will continue to fund a coastal tourism advocacy group.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
employment, and low taxes gives individuals the time and funds to do art on a personal level. Which art originates as, a personal expression.
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?
finding buyers for the art that is being produced.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I have been an artist since high-school, and have made a tidy profit selling my "expression". Over the years I have and will continue to inspire new artists, trying to find a unique way to express themselves through art. It can take many forms and is an individual process, something that comes from within. Unique to the individual.
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Art is an individual form of expression. I recommend people to not try and do art to "conform" to what is politically acceptable, or some kind of social norm, in order to gain government funding. Never put a price on your soul. Do the art for yourself, use it to build yourself into what you want to be. The art is a reflection of your inner self. If you do what you love, and grow your passion, buyers will come to you, and they will be inspired by what you have grown.