Roy Spooner

Name

Roy Spooner

Jurisdiction

Vanderhoof

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?

Investments in Arts, Culture and Heritage pay huge dividends in education and most particularly in the development of a civil society. Budget allocations should be a standing commitment rather than a response to sporadic requests for funding, so yes, I would want to see an allocation consistent with community capacity to finance arts, culture and heritage initiatives.

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?

Yes, I would take an active role in advocating for the arts simply because I am convinced that civil and healthy societies embrace and encourage these things, and besides I enjoy it myself .In particular civic authorities can encourage individual and corporate investment in arts, culture and heritage through various means,and should.

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?

Every child should be given an opportunity to explore their creative artistic interests and encouraged to pursue them as much as is possible in their individual reality. Every child should be taught about local and broader cultural issues and understanding community heritage should be required teaching at school as well as offered as experiential learning in the community.

Cultural Growth

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

My intent would be to dedicate an appropriate amount from the civic budget and then seek out corporate and individual contributions to a local Arts, Culture & Heritage fund that supports this essential component of civil civic life.

Cultural Spaces

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

The simplest space to make available is public space and allowing for safety and security issues there should be little hesitance in making that space available and encouraging artists to use it in ways appropriate to local citizens values. I would certainly encourage that action as well as making display of art and culture a civic norm for local business and industry.

Cultural Tourism

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

Several suggestions have been made to expand or create cultural tourism attractions. I would seek to encourage and support those efforts.

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

By creating a civic culture that clearly values art and artists as well as demonstrates that an emerging positive and civil society needs, supports and wants artists as important contributors to our quality of life.

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?

Create education programs that generate a greater understanding of the value of art, culture and heritage to a prosperous and civil society thereby influencing local appreciation and support of these important things in our community.

Participation

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

Have been a Board member of the Barkerville Heritage Trust, a local Arts Council, & a Library Board, and The Community Foundation, was a professional entertainer and continue to be a developing artist myself in my rare leisure time. Regularly purchase tickets to local theatre and music events. Encourage my grandchildren to draw, paint, carve and read. Have a several 1000 volume home library that seems to just keep growing.

Additional Information

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Societies are reflective of the people of whom they are comprised; a civil society embraces and encourages arts, culture and heritage expression and uses it to build a better society and philosophically stronger citizens.