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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 to continue funding arts, culture and heritage - Esquimalt not only puts money into the CRD Arts Commission but also supports it’s own Township Community Arts Council and a variety of other events that have arts, culture and heritage components - in my last term this was a big part of council’s strategic priorities.
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?
Yes because arts, culture and heritage help make any community healthier and more connected.
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?
This would be within the realm of the school districts but as a councillor and school liaison for council have attended many different school arts events.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
We would continue to offer the staff and financial support of our cultural activities and work with groups that wish to offer other arts, culture and heritage activities within our township.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
We currently have little extra retail/commercial space but as part of our economic development plan we have been pushing for more space for organizations to be able to move to
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
We currently have many events that bring in people from all over the region and as far away as Port Angeles, WA. By being supportive of groups that want to put on events we can continue to grow the visitors to our region
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
A variety of housing types that allows housing to be affordable is the basic need for this. By being a community that promotes and supports arts and culture will make them feel welcome and want to come.
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 - as local governments only have a certain amount of funds it is the balancing of budgets that make it tough. I will continue to work on funding what we have and working on building partnerships so that the money can be utilized better and go further.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I on the CRD Arts Commission, the Esquimalt Celebration of Lights Committee and volunteer at a variety of other events that really show our community culture. I am a person who tends to roll up their sleeves and get involved
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