John Roston


John Roston



Running for

City/Town Council

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?

Richmond does provide significant funding for arts and heritage programs as well as requiring arts funding from developers for new projects. I do advocate for increased funding if it is targeted at specific objectives.


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 I am already involved in doing exactly that.


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 am running for City Council, not for the School Board, so while I strongly agree with the importance of the arts in education, the ability to act on that is limited.

Cultural Growth

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

Public support is key. That is why organizations such as yours are so important.

Cultural Spaces

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

I have already been doing that. I made many presentations to Richmond City Council during the marathon hearings on rezoning the waterfront Onni Imperial Landing buildings in Steveston. My proposal was that as part of Onni’s amenity contribution to the City, the ground floor of one building be given to the City at a nominal rent and allocated for professional artist studios.

Cultural Tourism

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

As a member of the Richmond Museum Board of Directors, I have devoted considerable time and effort to a proposal for a major destination museum in Richmond.

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

Richmond has to do far more to create affordable studio and living space for artists and cultural workers as well as being the catalyst for cooperative marketing of their works.

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?

The major project for me continues to be the destination museum, but I also plan to work on affordable space and marketing assistance for artists and cultural workers.


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

Attend arts and cultural events like everyone else; Treasurer and Board Member of the Richmond Museum.

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