Keith Wilson

Name

Keith Wilson

Jurisdiction

Nanaimo

Running for

Regional Director

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 don't know how much is invested. I would advocate for an increase in cultural investment as part of an overall community development strategy.

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 take an active role in championing the growth of arts, culture and heritage if it were part of an overall plan to improve the quality of our community. I would not support a simple funding for the arts, culture and heritage if it were done in isolation from other community initiatives. My position comes about from a belief that integrated arts, culture and heritage are very valuable and desirable in a healthy community but they are simply a draw on funding if initiatives are done in isolation from other community interests.

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 cannot commit to that because I have no responsibility or authority in the area of education. I would strongly support those institutions who believe that arts are a critical part of a child's (and adult's) education.

Cultural Growth

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

Our local government can continue its investment in First Nations artists as well as diversifying its support into other parts of the community.

Cultural Spaces

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

I will if I can - that's not really applicable to our regional district government however.

Cultural Tourism

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

I have proposed bringing our diverse neighbourhoods together to create a vision for a collaborative future for the entire area. In my mind, improving cultural tourism and the arts generally would contribute to an improvement.

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

I don not have a specific proposal to accomplish this.

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 believe the single most important issue relating to arts, culture and heritage is bringing our disparate neighbourhoods together to talk about an integrated future for the area. This would absolutely include the arts, culture and heritage.

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 attend many related events over the course of the year.