Kris Patterson

Name

Kris Patterson

Jurisdiction

Port Alberni

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 would advocate for an increase in cultural investment for arts, culture and heritage

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 will continue to take an active role in the growth of arts and culture and heritage in my community. I feel it is important to be aware of your community's history and keep an eye on the future. I write a local history column and have written 4 books which help preserve our history.

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 art is an important component of every child's education and it is important to encourage imagination and creative thinking in everyone.

Cultural Spaces

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

Yes

Cultural Tourism

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

By building connections between the First Nations and other people in Port Alberni

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 think an important issue is the promotion of arts and culture and I will work to promote and encourage people to express themselves.

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 all the cultural events I can. I also have written 4 history books and a regular history column. I am also the parent of First Nation children and have participated in many of their cultural events. I am also a member of the Community Arts Council and have participated in Day with the Arts and other programs.