School District #68: Nanaimo-Ladysmith
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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?
The School District has funds for arts, culture and heritage for Indigenous Peoples administered by them. Each school is given an allotment of fund based on the number of students in that school which can be used for whatever the parents, students and staff want to focus on. We have many schools in our district that have an arts focus. All schools do some kind of programming around arts, culture and heritage.
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, culture and heritage teaches us about where we come from and champions the diversity in our country.
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?
We do that already in our school although there is a greater component in some schools. Many years ago, we used to have a district wide concert highlighting each school's individual programs and I would like to see that again. Our District has a music academy as well as a drama academy where students from across the district can attend. Both are very successful.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Each school actively promotes and encourages the community to attend the various plays and musicals put on by the school. That will continue because we are all so proud of our students achievements.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Each of our schools has space for students to practice their arts and music. Local and visiting artists are often invited to come to schools o share their work with the students. Many indigenous peoples have carved totem poles in the school with the help of students while teaching the kids about the history of the first peoples of the land the school stands on.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
We, as Trustees, teachers, support workers and administrators, attend conferences outside our community. There we share what is happening in our schools and invite others to visit. Word gets around quite easily bring tourists into our city.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
In the school system, we regularly invite artists and cultural workers into our schools to help educate our students. It is a benefit to both.
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?
Recognizing that arts, culture and heritage is important to the grow of our children and the citizenry at large. Beauty bring peace and tranquility.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
As a Trustee, I attend as many programs as I can in our schools. I send thank you letters and encourage the students and staff involved to continue their efforts. I brag a lot!
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Arts, culture and heritage issues are a large part of a child's education and should be encouraged and praised. These opportunities expand a child's mind and give them a sense of the world by bringing the world to their classroom. It gives them the ability to see acceptance for different thoughts and to critically think for themselves.