Greg Robins

Name

Greg Robins

Jurisdiction

District of North Vancouver

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?

The DNV is slated to invest or spend $52, 162 in arts over the next 5 years. I believe the approximate $10,000 per year is paltry and should be expanded and I commit to increasing the amount. Source: http://www.dnv.org/sites/default/files/edocs/Draft-financial-plan-workbook.pdf

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?

Ys, I would. Arts are a proven way to enhance any community and offer people of all ages a chance to enjoy culture on a local basis. From theatre to installations, we need to support and nurture arts.

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?

Yes, I will. To achieve this, the ideal channel is to connect with and advocate arts and art education in the District to members of the School Board.

Cultural Growth

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

This is a challenging question since the government is facing, as stated by DNV staff, financial tightening over the next 5 years. However, this is a question of priorities and there are likely many examples from other municipalities where arts can be funded at the same or greater rates by prioritizing them and demonstrating their benefits to the community.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes. From my experience, cultural spaces come in many forms - from warehouse space to galleries. Affordability means creating spaces where artists can have the space they need to create their work. Potentially, a committee could be struck to locate and set aside areas where artists can create. There are good examples of rich art space in cities like Toronto and Montreal which might serve as a model.

Cultural Tourism

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

There are many ways, in particular the facilitation of tours for artists to paint, photograph or sculpt based on our surroundings. There is also a rich and precious amount of aboriginal art and artists providing the opportunity for workshops, classes and seminars.

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

Housing costs are likely the main barrier. I am advocating for affordable rental development.

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?

The rapid pace of growth is making housing expensive and devouring art-friendly spaces. I have stated on my platform my desire to advocate for affordable housing and a pause on rampant development.

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 am a regular photographer, publisher and supporter of hair art. I also am the Partnership Manager at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.

Additional Information

If you'd like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture, and heritage issues in your community, please use the space below.

I have long advocated for the arts and in particular, voiced my opposition to the tearing down of heritage buildings. My own home is decorated with many original works of art, many from local artists.