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Support for the Arts

The arts community is a very important part of my life. In fact, it is the reason I moved to Victoria more than 26-years ago.

It is a thriving hub of creativity that I know will benefit from another strong, supportive voice in local government. The arts in turn provides tremendous economic impact for businesses such as restaurants, hotels and tourism.

As Councillor I will work with my fellow councillors, not only in Victoria, but across Greater Victoria to advance a plan to create a stronger arts community by:

  • Recognizing the arts community’s significant impact on Victoria’s culture and economy.
  • Working to increase a steady stream of sustainable funding through evidence-based investment.
  • Revising local government funding commitments and to support a move to a rolling five-year funding model, thereby providing certainty for the future of our community arts organizations.
  • The development of cooperative agreements between all arts groups to promote the work and events of the arts community and enhanced support by existing local government communications resources.
  • Advocacy for the development of an “Arts Centre” to provide secure space for community groups that is suitable and appropriate to their needs.
  • I see arts groups struggle in our community because very often they do not have a permanent space in which they can create.  The work of these groups strengthens, inspires and enriches our community - most of this work is through thousands volunteer hours.
  • Their investment is recognized and enhanced.
  • We place significant investment in sports, recreation and events, it’s time we rectify the arts deficit in our community.

Read Stephen's responses to the Victoria Arts Council:
Responses To The Arts Council

Read Stephen's responses to the Victoria ProArt survey:
Responses To ProArt Survey

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  • Stephen Andrew Campaign
    followed this page 2020-11-24 09:30:34 -0800
  • Jeff Martin
    commented 2020-11-20 05:04:38 -0800
    Supporting the arts more will help create more beauty & more joy in the city & help make the city more inviting for genral public to come and enjoy Victoria; no matter what ones personal tastes are but will allow artists to feel more supported & allowed to persue their craft in a way that benefits the city more! We have a rich history of art history in the city led by famous artists like Emily Carr in days past, Robert Bateman, and many others from painters, to photographers to sculptors, and other artists!
  • Jeff Martin
    commented 2020-11-20 04:35:58 -0800
    Makes sense and seems like a well thought out policy statement that would benifits those in th eart community & the citiztens in general!
  • Shaun Peck
    followed this page 2020-11-11 09:19:39 -0800