Janice D. MacLean
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?
Approximately $25,000 per annum. This is not enough! Absolutely, I would advocate for an increase in our investment in the 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?
Absolutely, and it is already mentioned in my campaign platform.
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 have an arts degree and a MBA. It is important for all to balance their creative and cognitive brain. Especially as we grow older. Promoting art in the education system is imperative, and we can do more as a community to support it.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Embracing cultural diversity is important in our community, but we can do much more to celebrate all the cultures in our community by having a day dedicated to culture and food for our community.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes. Understanding needs within our arts and cultural community, advocating for those needs and being mindful of those needs when opportunities arise for partnerships and collaboration.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
By promoting our community as a multi-cultural community through specific cultural communication tools; websites, magazines and newsletters.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
By ensuring we support their creativity, partner with them to showcase their artwork and culture, and collaborate with them for partnership opportunities.
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?
Funding and raising the profile of its importance to our community and health and wellness of our people.
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 on the board of directors for our theatre group, Between Shifts Theatre Society and I attend and support art and cultural opportunities in our community; festivals, art walks, artist showcases, etc.
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 am a proud supporter and advocate of the arts, culture and heritage of Squamish. I volunteer on the board of Between Shifts Theatre Society, I hire local talent for fundraisers, I support our Squamish First Nations artwork purchasing gifts when travelling, I attend community cultural celebrations.