Joe Keithley


Joe Keithley



Running for

City/Town Council

Party or Slate (if applicable)

Burnaby Green Party


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?

Yes we would increase funding for the arts


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?

Of course I will I have been a professional musician for 40 years playingthe band D.O.A.


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?

Kids shoud get a chnce to learn instruments at an early as it clearly helps their skills in schools and socially. We shoukd be helping kids that are less fortunate get instruments to play

Cultural Growth

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

A green council in Burnaby would dedicate more funds to the ars than our current council

Cultural Spaces

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

We propose to turn all burnaby schools into community schools so that way space would be available after school hours and also open any unused Buildings owned by Burnaby to help in this as well

Cultural Tourism

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

We beleive than al of Metri should be working together to promote our artist community to the outside world

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

We have plenty and we would attract more if we did make metro a must go to place in the world to enjoy arts

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?

Promoting and funding the arts to make our coomunity a world wide attraction We have a really big pool of artists here from all over Canada, If we followed the example of Quebec we would make arts a priority


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

I'm a full time musician until I get elected, so the answer is yes