Read my responses to the ArtsVote BC Election Survey
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?
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?
Answer: Yes. I have done so already, as Colwood’s Canada 150 Community Leader. Arts, Culture and Heritage is as important as parks, roads and transportation in my view.
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?
Answer: Education is a provincial jurisdiction. I already advocate for the arts in education and will continue to do so.
How will your local government maintain or grow its investment in cultural programs in your community?
Answer: Colwood is a growing community with an increasing tax base. Just as funds are allocated for new sidewalks, I will advocate and vote that funds continue to be allocated to the arts, and increased where possible in a a measured and meaningful way.
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural spaces for artists and arts organizations? If so, how?
Answer: Colwood already leads in this area. I will collaborate with the mayor and council to be sure this is not eroded.
How do you propose to improve cultural tourism in your community?
Answer: Direct advocacy for and with local First Nations, and direct liaison with Indigenous Tourism BC and Destination BC, and Destination Greater Victoria.
Q2: How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Answer: Communication that Colwood is open and amenable to artists and cultural workers.
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?
Answer: Identification of culture and heritage assets, experiences available for the public and communication of that.
How do you personally engage in the cultural life of the community? (e.g. involvement on committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
Answer: I attend art and culture events regularly. But I am also a destination marketer–I promote these constantly to the wider world.
See the original survey.
Download Scott McDonald’s Election Brochure (pdf)