Allied Arts Council:
What do you believe is City of Lethbridge's role in arts investment?

A

 

Burke

Answer

Recruitment of local talent for public displays and community events that are organized by the City of Lethbridge. Headline performances with local talent alongside world class entertainment to foster the development of artists in Lethbridge. In a similar way, engaging artists through existing organizations, such as SAAG, U of L Faculty of Fine Arts, and the Allied Arts Council and all of its members will greatly enhance the respect the community has for talent that is already present here in Lethbridge.


C

 

Burrows-Johnson

Answer

The community leads arts development while the City provides some seed or base funding. Arts development makes the community more attractive to newcomers and citizens alike.


M

 

Campbell

Answer

Helping secure money and then helping it efficiently operate by hiring qualified personnel


J

 

Carlson

Answer

The main role is one of partnership and collaboration. Providing a variety of quality facilities, working with stakeholders and funders to ensure successful artistic ventures, and ensuring accessibility to all our residents is key. A strong, diverse, and vibrant arts culture is an economic driver for a city. Not only does tourism and the associated business sector flourish, but many corporations look to locate in areas with a thriving arts culture. Providing arts and recreation for our residents to create a healthy and active lifestyle for all should be one of our goals. Public art investment creates an attractive community, and helps define a sense of place for residents and visitors.


J

 

Coffman

Answer

I believe that a vast appreciation for creative expression exists in Lethbridge. The City’s role is to offer space to facilitate the relationship between artists and our residents, where artistic expression evokes discussion and dialogue, and where residents celebrate creativity and the creative process. The City achieves this roll through its fee for service agreements with the AAC, our Public Art Policy, facility maintenance, and the renewal of the Yates Theatre. However, we must clearly define measurable outcomes and benefits for our community. Doing so can broaden the public’s appreciation and understanding of artistic expressions, while demonstrating the value of our investment.


B

 

Crowson

Answer

Arts investment is a business investment similar to others done by the City and, like investment in other sectors, is vital to the community. As with all city investments, investment must be done in a financially responsible matter and should be strategically done to encourage private investment that will multiply the city’s investment. Arts are an economic driver. Artists pay taxes like other entrepreneurs and businesses. Arts attract people, tourists and other businesses to our community and support a diverse economy. Diverse economies are better able to weather economic downturns. Arts also help create vibrant, alive communities with resilient, educated and well-rounded citizens.


C

 

Germshied

Answer

I think the city should support arts in the city through helping to find investors. The city would also be involved in maintaining and displaying historically and culturally significant art pieces. The support of artists can come through purchasing and commissioning pieces throughout the city for appropriate reasons and celebrations.


Z

 

Gibb

Answer

Arts and culture are very important in a society and Lethbridge is no exception. The City of Lethbridge, as well as other levels of government should invest in the arts because art and culture are not necessarily driven by the profit motive in a free market. City Council has been a big supporter of the arts, and if elected I would continue this by pushing forward with our commitment to build a new Performing Arts Centre.


B

 

Ginther

Answer

The city's role is one of ensuring that any arts investment is done in such a way that it is of interest to a broad spectrum of the population.


M

 

Heavy Head

Answer

There are not unlimited funds for the city to work with. That being said, support and funding for the arts is essential to an informed democracy. Focusing on funding for the arts, and investment in infrastructure for the arts, is as important as attracting business and enabling business to grow within the city. Artists and architects can even work together to create functional infrastructure that not only serves the purposes of businesses or the city, but infrastructure that is also a piece of art in itself within the landscape of the city. For some reason we are obsessed with 90 degree angle buildings made of glass, concrete, and stone. Why not create something beautiful & new?


R

 

Hoffarth

Answer

I am comfortable investing in the vision articulated in "The Integrated Community Sustainability Plan/ Municipal Development Plan" [that] envisions “a culturally sustainable community” that supports “the creation of a vibrant and festive environment that exudes a sense of community identity and belonging through support of a variety of art forms and cultural expressions” Refer to The City of Lethbridge Public Art Master Plan, June 2012.


B

 

Hyggen

Answer

I believe it is important to consult with the Arts Community in Lethbridge when it comes to future arts investment. City Council's decisions are often based on recommendations from public input, community groups, and committees. I continue to support this practice.


L

 

Iwaskiw

Answer

Anyone who has ever travelled will tell you the things they remember most about any trip taken are related to the arts - galleries visited, plays or concerts attended, public art stumbled upon. If we want a vibrant city we have to place value on artistic endeavors and enable artists through advocacy and funding.


R

 

Janzen

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


K

 

Layton

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


S

 

MacLeod

Answer

The city must create a climate that allows people of all artistic levels to develop their creativity. Art and culture is part of the fabric of our society, where we learn about our culture and a better appreciation for each other.


J

 

Mauro

Answer

A vibrant city needs arts & culture. I believe the city has done an excellent job in working with and partnering with the arts. Past and current councils have committed funds to many projects such as CASA and the current renovations taking place at the Yates. With funds being very limited, I believe the city has a role to play but there must be other players involved, such as the corporate and business community. Taxpayers pockets are only so deep and as we have seen this past term, our external borrowing has been or will be the highest in recent memory.


D

 

Mikuliak

Answer

The Arts (Music, Art, Drama, Dance, Multi-Media, Film, Recording Arts, Writing, and the list Art forms can go on for awhile) are creative, imperative and intrinsic to society in general. They are a pivotal part of development for our youth and relate to our identity as a community. In my view, we need to be a community that supports artistic growth and opportunity for all citizens - not only as providers of art, but, as importantly, in the majority of cases - as consumers of Art. Investment in the arts relates to an investment in who we are as a community and what sort of a community we will become in the future.


R

 

Miyashiro

Answer

Since Provincial funding cuts to the Foundation for the Arts and the Foundation's change in funding criteria, Lethbridge arts groups have been scrambling for operational funding (so we have been told by several groups). The City can/should advocate for equitable funding for arts organizations so they can focus on the art and not the art of fundraising. That being the said, Council has provided "bridge" funding to assist arts groups to operate while the groups developed strategies for longer term viability.


R

 

Morrell

Answer

Of course, the city should have a vested interest in the arts. These are the things that bring a vibrancy and culture to our community and attract people to visit and live here. The arts are typically the first thing on the chopping block when looking for ways to cut spending, and I believe this does a great disservice to residents. The more diverse arts shows, performances, and exhibits we bring in, the healthier it is for the economy as a whole. It helps attract and retain labour as well as active participants and show goers.


N

 

Paladino

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


R

 

Parker

Answer

The current program of allocating 1% of all capital project funds to community art must be maintained. At the same time the City of Lethbridge must keep an open mind to create new innovative ways to invest more.


H

 

PEREVERSEFF

Answer

The City may participate in a private - public partnership to engage the arts investment. The City should carefully consider endorsing individuals, groups and organizations in their applications for grant funding from other sectors. The City may promote arts through the City web site. The City should be cognisant of art activities and may offer opportunities for displaying exhibits in and around City properties. The City may wish to consider bringing arts representatives to attend City Council meetings, on a regular basis, to keep Council apprised of activities and programs in the arts arena.


J

 

Pogorzelski

Answer

As we are representing our citizens, we are also representing our culture here. Without support from government, the arts is sure to suffer. It is our role to make Lethbridge an attractive city, and to do so we must support our artists in order to not loose talented people to other city centers.


L

 

Saloff

Answer

Continue to honor local artists. We need to maintain local theatre, Yates and to promote the Art Gallery to maintain a commitment to the citizens of Lethbridge.


J

 

Shackleford

Answer

A very limited role indeed. Private donations should be sought out, some public money, matching grants by provincial/federal governments so it does NOT always fall on taxpayers to foot the bill. The Arts play a vital role in any society but taxpayers have their priorities on how their tax dollars should be spent. Council should not make these expensive decisions without a LOT of public input. Other issues like homelessness and poverty need to be addressed so these people don't feel forgotten by the people they voted for.


C

 

Spearman

Answer

The role of the city of Lethbridge is to promote and support art and arts activities in our community to enrich the cultural aspects of living in our city. to have well rounded citizens, the arts must be visible and easily accessible. Fee for service agreements, funding the arts in the capital budget and continued investment in public art are examples of the city's investment in the arts.


J

 

Takahashi

Answer

Investment in our local art community is an absolutely essential role. Art is beauty, education, experiences, and community. Art is also beneficial to the economy and tourism. "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." Picasso


B

 

Thurber

Answer

City plays a vital role in Arts investment. We should support, advocate and at times fund to continue to build our vibrant arts community.


S

 

Watson

Answer

I believe the city should be investing in art. It's the landscape of our city and its architecture. Art is an engaging medium, as it brings together diverse groups and cultures to express their unique interpretation of our city and its setting within Southern Alberta. It also allows for reflection and growth, both on a personal basis as well as a community basis. Arts also attracts tourism and supports job creation as well as other economic development opportunities.


D

 

Wiggers

Answer

I believe a vibrant, lively arts culture in the City of Lethbridge is key to establishing and attracting professional business to Lethbridge. Seeding that culture with some investment is like water to a plant, necessary for growth.


R

 

Woss

Answer

Public art in the downtown core adds vitality. It is already the policy of the City to support the acquisition of public art which is recognized as a vital ingredient in the cultural fabric of Lethbridge. Let’s build on this.