Allied Arts Council:
Do you support the public art initiatives being undertaken by the City of Lethbridge?

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Burke

Answer

I support the measured development of Public Art to commemorate and celebrate local talent and culture. I feel that a balance needs to be struck however to ensure that art is meaningful to the taxpayer and not an unnecessary burden. Finding local talent for these projects allows our city to display the many diverse cultures and beliefs that make Lethbridge the vibrant place it is.


C

 

Burrows-Johnson

Answer

Yes, I believe that public art has a central role beautifying our city. Public monuments help us remember our shared values and history eg: the Cenotaph and the Truth and Reconciliation Monument when completed. I would like to see more private money supporting public art; there are a number of new buildings that would be enhanced with either a sculpture or a large painting. I would also encourage local artists to participate in the utility box program, which is currently funded through the public art program.


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Campbell

Answer

I do for the most part. Sometimes I don't understand them, but that's kind of the beauty of art. It engages a discussion. SAAG is one of the most renowned art galleries in the art world in Canada. The U of L has one of the greatest collections in the country. It helps to put Lethbridge on the map.


J

 

Carlson

Answer

Yes. Public art investment creates an attractive community, and helps define a sense of place for residents and visitors. Public art creates and demonstrates a sense of civic pride, and allows areas of interaction (and debate!) for our residents and visitors.


J

 

Coffman

Answer

Yes.


B

 

Crowson

Answer

Arts investment is an essential community investment and public art brings a vibrancy to our community and I support public art investment by the City of Lethbridge. I would like to see more representational public art in some of our public spaces and I would like to see greater opportunity for the public to have a direct say in what public art the city invests in.


C

 

Germshied

Answer

I support it to a degree. Yes an arts committee is needed. But I think that funding should be moved towards private sponsors and filanthropic endeavors. However building this plan may take time and the city should not abandon its initiatives but set them up for future transfer of responsibilities.


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Gibb

Answer

Public art is one thing that makes a community vibrant, and I support public art, especially in our downtown core. I think it is important that public art installations have some cultural or historical relevance, to better justify the use of public funds. They also need to be tasteful and inoffensive to the general public who lives with them everyday. Proper consultation with citizens is required when erecting art installations in public spaces.


B

 

Ginther

Answer

Yes I do but as always more could be done with advice and participation from citizens and members of the arts community.


M

 

Heavy Head

Answer

yep.


R

 

Hoffarth

Answer

I support our efforts to invest in the “artistic resources and cultural opportunities within the community” [to]: Develop Lethbridge as a vibrant arts, culture and festival City; Collaborate with community organizations and institutions in support of the arts community ; Encourage and incorporate art into the urban fabric and Develop arts and culture facilities and amenities. Refer to The City of Lethbridge Public Art Master Plan, June 2012.


B

 

Hyggen

Answer

I strongly support the public art initiatives undertaken by the City of Lethbridge. It is the policy of the City of Lethbridge to support the acquisition of public art, which is a vital ingredient in the cultural fabric of Lethbridge. Public art builds a visually rich environment, plays a role in attracting creative businesses and workers to our city, provides arts opportunities that are freely accessible to all, and encourages the growth of a culturally-informed public. Public art creates a distinct and vibrant legacy for the citizens of Lethbridge.


L

 

Iwaskiw

Answer

Absolutely.


R

 

Janzen

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


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Layton

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


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MacLeod

Answer

yes, public art is designed to create discussion or teach us about our heritage and forefathers. Examples of educational public art is the Galt Family bronze in front of the Galt Museum and in the downtown core the plaques that contain a short history on our heritage buildings.


J

 

Mauro

Answer

Yes.


D

 

Mikuliak

Answer

I must admit that I am completely ignorant regarding the public art initiatives! However, I am excited to learn about them. Given my previous answers regarding the importance of Art in our society, it would follow that I would support this sort of initiative - particularly if it celebrates local artists and their work.


R

 

Miyashiro

Answer

Yes. Public Art is, for some people, their only tangible exposure to art in its purest sense. Continuing the public art allocation from capital projects is something I fully support.


R

 

Morrell

Answer

I do support initiatives with regards to public arts.  I feel that any way we can celebrate our heritage and appreciate our culture is important for our residents.  Any way we can manage to support these projects  while remaining financially responsible to our residents is a worthwhile endeavor.  


N

 

Paladino

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


R

 

Parker

Answer

Yes.


H

 

PEREVERSEFF

Answer

For the most part, I do support the public art initiatives of the City, with the exception of a recent decision to present a piece of "public art" to the Twin City, "Ville Saint Laurent, Quebec". This public art exceeds $200,000.00 and is supposed to be a represented dedication from the residents of Lethbridge to Ville Saint Laurent. It is unfortunate, NO, down right disturbing, that this public art is not being commissioned from an artist in our community, rather it is being commissioned to artists from and in Vancouver, BC. I feel better decisions have to be made.


J

 

Pogorzelski

Answer

I do, I think it is great that we have a Public Art Master Plan. We have a 9 step program in place to secure public art. Now it's time we start implementing some projects. Currently the master plan only focuses on parks and gateways. I feel we should include dressing up our alley ways, and finding creative art projects to hide or at least take the focus away power boxes, gas meters etc.


L

 

Saloff

Answer

Yes


J

 

Shackleford

Answer

I am undecided as I feel I don't have all the information required to make an informed decision. Hopefully during the election this issue will come out so incumbents can explain the city council side of the issue and other candidates can give their opinion as well.


C

 

Spearman

Answer

Yes. They are what set our city apart from other most mid sized cities in Alberta.


J

 

Takahashi

Answer

I do. Art is a major factor not only in quality of life but in economic growth and opportunities for folks in the community. Not only do I support the current initiatives but I look forward to growing and expanding the city's contribution to the arts and our community.


B

 

Thurber

Answer

Yes, when they balance public desire along with cost. Art in public realm is proven to strengthen and grow vibrate communities with reduced crime.


S

 

Watson

Answer

Yes I do. We should be supporting the initiates put forth because arts help a city to be diverse and inclusive and it creates a welcoming atmosphere for discussions. It also attracts tourism and supports job creation as well as other economic development opportunities.


D

 

Wiggers

Answer

Without public art I believe areas of our cities would fail to show the inclusive, diverse and creative community we are. It would be tantamount to living in a home with blank walls which was sparsely furnished. I believe that the City must ensure that projects supported by sustainable funding continue to expand on initiatives already in place.


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Woss

Answer

Yes - I agree with the City that Public art builds a visually rich environment, plays a role in attracting creative businesses & workers to our city, provides arts opportunities that are freely accessible to all, and encourages the growth of a culturally-informed public. Public art creates a distinct and vibrant legacy for the citizens of Lethbridge. Let’s build on this.