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?
Sidney invests more than $500,000 annually in the arts. The precise amount is challenging to calculate because Sidney's budget includes operating support to organizations such as ArtSea and Peninsula Celebrations Society under "Community Support" (which was $1,024,950 in 2018) and also provides "in kind" support to organizations and events. I would be open to a modest increase in funding for arts and culture in 2019 and am willing to commit to maintaining current funding levels. But, it is not appropriate for me to commit to advocating for an increase without seeing the draft budget for 2019.
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?
In my view Council is a team effort and Councillors take different roles that are appropriate to their skills and abilities. I have considerable background in infrastructure (sewer, water, storm drains), technology and environmental matters, and I expect this will continue to be a focus for me. I will support arts, culture and heritage but don't expect to champion this.
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?
Sidney Council has no mandate for school curricula. Sidney is involved in arts programming for children and youth through the Peninsula Recreation Commission and also through the Vancouver Island Regional Library.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Sidney provides ongoing funding support for the Mary Winspear Centre, ArtSea, Peninsula Celebrations Society, and the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Sidney also provides grant support to events such as the Sidney Literary Festival.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
I would continue to support Cultural spaces in Sidney's parks such as the bandshell in Beacon Park, and funding for the Mary Winspear Centre and ArtSea.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
I would support organizations that host cultural events, partnerships in marketing cultural tourism through the Sidney BIA, and public art such as the sculpture walk.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
I don't have a specific proposal for this.
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 would prefer that the arts and culture community identify their most important issue.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I have volunteered at the Sidney Museum and attend events that are of interest to me.
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