Bill Bard

Name

Bill Bard

Jurisdiction

School District #68: Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Running for

School Board

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?

The Arts are funded in part by City Council. That being said, SD 68 has always been a supporter of developing the natural Artist within every student, from Kindergarten to graduation.

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?

As a Trustee previously, I advocated strongly for Elementary Music programs to be reinstated. It has been decades! Music has been proven to develop lesser used areas of the brain and, like a second language, benefits children's academic progress in every subject.

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?

There you go! 😉 See above.

Cultural Growth

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

As a Public School, we will ensure a rich multicultural environment, particularly in the area of Indigenous people.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes.

Cultural Tourism

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

Student Artists are used almost exclusively, and I support the continuation of this policy.

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?

I've stated above my commitment to advocate, but want to mention the culinary arts in particular. We have Teaching Kitchens and Red Seal Chefs with their BC Teaching certification. Many students go on to the Arts programs at the local University.

Participation

How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)

We do get out to live theatre.