Norm Smith

Name

Norm Smith

Jurisdiction

Nanaimo

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?

not exactly sure, but I am on the Heritage Day Festival committee and if elected, I would vote for more funds given to local festivals, parades, and community events promoting heritage and arts.

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 have assisted a local festival each year promoting heritage in our city of Nanaimo. I believe culture, arts, and heritage play a huge role in a community's pride in itself

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 would support our school board trustees if they recommend these components

Cultural Growth

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

We will look at cultural programs to enrich our downtown core which is stagnant

Cultural Spaces

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

we already have several venues for this. We need to ensure these venues are accessible both in time and monetarily.

Cultural Tourism

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

right now our tourism is non existent. I will push for a strong mandate for tourism so they know what is expected from them and will push to give them the tools to get the job done

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

if our community respects and shows appreciation towards the arts and culture, then I believe artists and workers will remain in a community that supports them

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 feel that the current council has placed arts, culture, and heritage at the bottom of their concern list. very little in way of support or money to offer to help promote them. I will strive to get more attention on the arts, cultural, and heritage events in our city

Participation

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

director of heritage festival in Nanaimo. attend and volunteer at as many events as I can