Claire Preston

Name

Claire Preston

Jurisdiction

Burnaby

Running for

City/Town Council

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?

I am not sure how much funding is currently being invested in the arts, but I know how important art is to a community and would be interested in expanding the funding for it.

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?

I would champion for the growth of art and culture in or city, as art is one of the main factors that changes a city into a community. And I think it is important to build a stronger community.

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?

I am aware of these statistics and as a city councillor I would likely support any initiatives that the school board or other community organizations brought before the council that fall into our jurisdiction.

Cultural Growth

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

If I am elected I would not support the removal of cultural programs from the city and I would work with community groups to ensure that their needs are being met.

Cultural Spaces

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

I will work to ensure access to spaces for artists and organizations, I am a firm believer that we must provide more public spaces for people and I would work with my fellow council members to provide it.

Cultural Tourism

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

I would want to discuss this further with the arts and cultural organizations before making any suggestions.

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

One of the best ways to retain people is to provide them with affordable housing, which is one of my big platform issues. Every year we lose more and more people to communities outside of Metro Vancouver because they cannot afford to live here.

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 would want to discuss this further with the arts and cultural organizations before making any suggestions.

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 enjoy attending local events put on by local groups.