Sarah Fowler

Name

Sarah Fowler

Jurisdiction

Tahsis

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?

Our municipality is uniquely posed to reinvent its identity. This summer we had a public mural commissioned and a heritage registry was brought up at a council meeting. I will continue to advocate for more public art as well as celebrate the building of independent or private collections.

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 am facilitating an anthology to be published on rememberence day to celebrate the arts, contributors to culture and expressions of hertitage. An important distinction in each Canadian community is the diversity of stories told by the people of the place.

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?

My involvement in the local school in Tahsis continues to evolve. As a parent of a child I grade one I try to support the staff by volunteering as a culinary artist for the breakfast and farm to school programs. For the last six years I have been utilizing the strong start room in captain meres elementary secondary school to encourage parents of preschoolers to gather, and create opportunities for expression.

Cultural Growth

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

Our local government supports new and established artists by facilitating craft night on Wednesday evening in the recreation centre. As more demographics shift in our community we observe a bubbling hotbed of music, sculpture, painting and food as art. The Tahsis literacy society partners with various groups to bring in theatre troupes or most recently a basket weaving workshop.

Cultural Spaces

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

Everyday I encourage community members to find creative perspectives to make our cultural spaces more vibrant. Affordable access to materials is something I identify as needing improvement. However I have witnessed a great resilency in artist organizing innovative access channels.

Cultural Tourism

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

My ideas to improve cultural tourism are to showcase the talent that lives and works here. I would love to see our town advertising its writers and artisans work as much as we promote fishing and logging. I know that a hard working group of volunteers offer billets and shuttles to the artisan cooperative when the uchuck boat arrives with visitors.

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

This is difficult because I have had the chance to be told by a long time local sculpture maker that there is nothing here for him anymore. Affordable studio space is accessible for new or emerging artist but professionals seek out international recognition. To address the need for galleries and exhibition spaces where we value and can grow cultural investments is needed. I would very much like to bring back the summer studio tours and put together a newsletter highlight student and established cultural endeavours.

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?

Recognition. We need to honour the work being done by artist because they bring depth to the soul of the village. I will advocate to name a poet laureate of Tahsis and encourage some more well known artist to make gifts of public art whereby we can highlight talent and inspire emerging creatives.

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 have been involved in the radio plays put on by ubedam theatre group. Beyond acting I attend committee meetings and offer vision toward creative events such as a cherry blossom or garlic festivals to build on the natural strengths. I personally have the desire for cultural tourism to grow, so I propose the renewal of the publication of the Tahsis inlet outlet.

Additional Information

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As a parent I know children need lots of avenues and mixed media to explore all types of expression. As a volunteer I acutely feel the need for more creative solutions to address the infrastructure gaps we are facing. As a councillor I will continue to advocate for celebrating artistic excellence and build a framework with artist to address way we can retain more cultural workers. New and experienced artist can benifit for apprenticeship and I will continue to foster those relationships.