Scott Garnett

Name

Scott Garnett

Jurisdiction

Sidney

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 do not know the exact amount. If it was feasible within the budget constraints yes as I believe in their importance.

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 always be a voice who supports the arts in my local community and will do whatever I can to enhance its role locally.

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?

The municipal government doe not have much say in curriculum at school but can be supportive of local programs and I would definitely do that.

Cultural Growth

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

I would like to see us continue the support of local art and cultural programs that we currently have and enhance it wherever possible.

Cultural Spaces

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

Absolutely. We need to make sure that all people regardless of their income level have access to the arts as it benefits them individually and our society generally. We must try and maintain budget levels and assist where necessary when other needs become evident.

Cultural Tourism

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

I believe Sidney already does a good job of this. However, we need to identify areas where we are not hitting the mark and make an effort to improve them.

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

Make sure we have the funding necessary to attract and keep these individuals and by recognizing their talents and contributions to our community.

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?

Extending even more into the first nations community and recognizing their amazing contributions. Open and maintain a dialogue to include all first nations people in our area in the arts, culture and heritage discussion and how and if they would like to be contributors.

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 arts and cultural events. However, I must confess as much as I love many aspects of the arts it is an area in which I was given no skills whatsoever, which is why I marvel at the amazing contributions the many men and women have given to our society.

Additional Information

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This area was one that was under attack from federal governments for many years to the detriment of our society, so it is all the more important that we continue to fight for this important area of life at the local level.