City of Langley
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?
Yes, as a member of council, I helped push for a performing arts centre, and it is now in our official vision.
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, arts and culture is critical for the health and vibrancy of our community. As a friend of mine says, “what is the point of living if you don’t have art.”
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?
We can and should provide opportunity for creative expression for young people thru our recreation programs with a focus on youth who are “at risk”.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
We have increased our budget for arts and culture programming over the past two years. With a performing arts centre, that investment will continue to grow. We are also investing more in programming of our outdoor spaces. That funding will also continue to increase.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Yes, by continuing to provide community grants and access to free or low-cost spaces.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
By building a performing arts centre and a “Discovery Centre.”
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
One of the keys is to provide affordable housing options thru updated zoning. Another option worth exploring is an “artist in residence” program.
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?
The biggest issue is access to arts and culture in our community due to a lack of artist space. This is why I have been advocating for a performing arts centre.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
My best friend is an Equity stage manager. I attend live productions year-round. I also attend many of the local events in my community.
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 invite people to check out my track record at https://solutions.nathanpachal.com/