Allied Arts Council:
What are your top three priorities for the arts in the City of Lethbridge and how should these activities be funded?

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Burke

Answer

1. Performing Arts Centre 2. Promotion and support of local artists 3. Affordable spaces for small groups/organizations to mount performances I believe that these there are opportunities to encourage our vibrant artistic community by limiting the amount of resources used to bring in outside performances, and focus on Lethbridge based talent and centres that better improve the capacity of the arts in Lethbridge. By focusing on local talent we can create a vibrant core that keeps the arts alive. I believe that the first step to this is following through on the plans for the Performing Arts Centre before costs continue to rise, creating something that all residents can take pride in.


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Burrows-Johnson

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1. Maintain current arts groups operational funding ie: SAAG, CASA and Allied Arts Council 2. Next Step Funding for the Performing Arts Centre, including feasibility, funding strategy, usage and operational plan. This building needs to work for the long term. 3. Continued support for arts festivals for their vitality and economic impact. These priorities are currently funded.


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Campbell

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A Performing Arts Center in Lethbridge would be my biggest priority. The downtown is the heart of the city. A performing arts centre could be the soul of the city. There's a great committee working now on ways to secure provincial and federal money along with the CIP program with the City.


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Carlson

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1. Continue the work towards a Performing Arts Centre. Funded through accessing Federal and Provincial funding as available, and Private/Corporate Donations. 2. Creation of a Arts and Culture Grant. Council funds or denies funding to arts groups as they approach Council with requests. Building a yearly or multi-year grant fund would allow for a more transparent competition, with the most qualified applicants being successful. Funding could be achieved within current City budgets, combined with corporate funds and existing Fed/Prov funding. 3. Continue promoting local artist through festivals and events. Utilize and expand existing budgets.


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Coffman

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My priority for arts and culture is to help steward the creation of a performing arts centre. For me, the question of “where” is less of an immediate concern, whereas “how” – the process to achieve a facility – is paramount. A successful proposal must include: a) a strong business case; b) a sustainable business plan for the operation of the facility, with this plan created and debated prior to construction, and; c) a facility design based on long-term sustainability and multi-functionality. Regardless of the plan, though, the designated theatre space must be built for performances with integrity to the visual and acoustical attributes.


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Crowson

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Priorities are the performing arts centre, funding for artists and support for youth in art. In the last CIP, council approved money for the planning and design of a performing arts centre. Funding for the projects will need to come from a variety of private and public funds. Part of the role of council will be advocacy, particularly with regards to other levels of government and grants.


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Germshied

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I think arts are important to our city. There should however btw more private sponsorship and investment in this area. This will promote revenue and bring more funding and further development. I think that a performing arts center is a wonderful idea and should be tired in with a convention, and events center. I believe by using using private investment we encourage growth and strength with a base for sustainability.


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Gibb

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My priorities for the arts in our city is ensuring we press forward with a Performing Arts Centre. We have money allocated in our latest CIP to get this project started, and we need to keep our focus on that to make sure it happens. We need to consult with performers and artists prior to construction, to ensure that all needs are met during the design process. We need to take life cycle costs into consideration and plan sustainably for energy and future efficiency reasons. We also need to ensure that our PAC will serve diverse economic needs, so that we can gain support from the entire community.


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Ginther

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1. Diversity in the type of arts made available to the general public 2. Priority given to local artist from all walks of life 3. Accessibility to all citizens by way of not charging an admissions fee to view art in a gallery or public setting. The City should set aside funding for the arts and strike a committee to determine what should be funded and to what extent.


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Heavy Head

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Physical public art can add a surreal majesty, and profound beauty to the landscape. The large installations by the Galt Museum illustrate this perfectly. Encouraging public art is essential to beautification of the city, but also in many ways adds to the psychological well being of the People. The city can include public art funding within its budget, but we can and should also encourage wealthier residents to patron our local artists. Art is essential to an informed democracy, so much so that often historically, totalitarian regimes would suppress the arts first. Funding for the arts is where P3's serve society, in a most positive way.


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Hoffarth

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My first priority is that any publicly supported Art is accessible and include and represent the diversity that exists in our community. Constructing a community requires investment but it should not be used to promote any project that cannot show that it meets the needs and desires of a broad swath of the general public. Public art should showcase the history and place of Lethbridge in the world of art. I am concerned that funding is available to manage and care for our current collection of artwork. Acquiring new works and monuments should not be the only metric of success. Funding for the maintenance is necessary and essential to keep our investments working by engaging the public.


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Hyggen

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Three top priorities are: Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) expansion, planning and design of a Performing Arts Centre and the continued support of the Art Acquisition Program. Current City Council just recently approved our Capital Improvement Program budget for the next 4 years. In this plan, Council focused on these and various other Arts initiatives in the community. The three priorities listed above have been budgeted for in the CIP and will be funded through that program.


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Iwaskiw

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Continue the Public Art Program as it is funded now. Lobby the provincial government to reinstate the arts funding that has been cut over the last few years. Build a new Performing Arts Centre with as many federal and provincial grants as we can get our hands on, fundraising within the arts community and, if necessary, tax dollars.


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Janzen

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Candidate declined to answer the question.


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Layton

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Candidate declined to answer the question.


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MacLeod

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Clarify if a new Performing Arts Centre would be sustainable without reducing funding to current arts facilities and initiatives? An ideal situation would be to form a partnership. Alternatively the city would either have to take funding away from another project or increase taxes. How much would the taxpayers be willing to pay to build the project? Would that be sustainable for the taxpayers?


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Mauro

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I don't know if I have three because I would engage and expect the Arts community to come forward with what would be best for the city however, if I was to choose one, it would be trying to find a way to create a gallery to present the University's extensive art collection. Many of the successful art activities that take place in our city usually come from grass roots initiatives, support and funding which I believe will continue to grow. I believe the relationship between the University and the City has always been a strong one so possibly this could be the next project between the two. A possible funding source for the arts could be a % of new investment $$ by major corporations.


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Mikuliak

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Priority One: a performing arts Centre that will serve the community for generations. Given the size of our community, this type of venue is noticeably lacking. Priority Two: provide frameworks for successful further development of our local artists/performing arts opportunities for local artists/performing artists - professional and amateur. Priority Three: assist in the continued development of better communication and collaborative models between all Arts groupings in the City and area.The Arts are the soul of any community. Funding to occur through existing Civic grants (Heart of the City), tax dollars and assisting in developing frameworks for private sponsorships of Arts Events.


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Miyashiro

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1. Public art - as it is now funded via allocation from capital projects; 2. Performance art- government, corporate, ticket sales,donors, free enterprise 3. Visual art - government,corporate, donors, free enterprise


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Morrell

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Lethbridge is brimming with an amazing array of local talent, and often our current venues that host these events and/or performances are booked to capacity, while many others are left without a venue or opportunity to bring their projects to the residents of Lethbridge. The completion of a new Performing Arts Centre would not only be a way to bring in some great regional productions, but also a space to allow local talent to showcase themselves here at home. I believe that a community can thrive with a strong commitment to the arts, and I would like to engage with groups like the Allied Arts Council to find out the funding needs and feasibility of projects they would like to support.


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Paladino

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I would need to do more research in order to properly address questions 17-21. I have my own questions and little time . Unfortunately, these questionnaires come at a very busy time for candidates, given multiple surveys and forums to attend. Sorry!


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Parker

Answer

1- Maintaining and investing in our current Art facilities. 2- Continue working towards creating the new performing arts centre. 3- Create a community which embraces and supports local artists, musicians and groups and help them to capitalize on their talents and abilities. Funding for this will be a combination of local tax dollars in conjunction with leveraging both provincial and federal funds and local fundraising.


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PEREVERSEFF

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Reasonable, support funding, from the Municipality must be considered in support of the arts in our community. Having said this, the arts must demonstrate their efforts in securing funding from private, commercial and corporate entities together with (where possible) funding from guilds, organizations, philanthropists and possible levels of government where grants or scholarships , may be available. Top priorities : 1-Engagement of the community in art displays and performances through comprehensive advertising and promotion. 2-Providing opportunities for artists to perform and or display their art in the community and beyond. 3-Encouraging youth to become involved in the arts.


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Pogorzelski

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1. Building a performing arts center - funded through provincial and federal grants. 2. Creating opportunities for artists to showcase their work in designated public areas - funded through the BRZ and Heart of our City, with input from the allied arts council. 3. Developing an arts and culture master plan - funded through council


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Saloff

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Public visual arts, the artists in our community need to showcase their work. We have amazing artwork at the University of Lethbridge and the College. We need to incorporate public visual art into the infrastructure budgets of all new builds in our community.


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Shackleford

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1. We currently have the new CASA building and the Yates Centre( being refurbished to the tune of 13 million dollars I believe) and a lot of taxpayers are happy with these. 2. Allowing taxpayers to decide if a new performing arts centre is really wanted (plebiscite??) 3. Keep activities like Shakespeare in the Park going so we utilize Galt Gardens for what it was meant for, a public gathering space for families to enjoy the arts.


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Spearman

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1. Performing Arts Centre in the downtown 2. Continued support for public art 3. Support for arts existing organizations ( SAAG, Allied Arts Council , Lethbridge Symphony, etc ) Funding would be a blend of tax support and community support.


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Takahashi

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1) continue and increase support of organizations such as Allied Arts Council, Heart of The City, etc. 2) A performing arts centre. 3) Supporting an increase in festivals and markets throughout the year. CIP is a major source of funding but we also must be applying for grants from both the provincial and federal governments as they arise.


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Thurber

Answer

- Performing Arts Centre. Funding : All three levels of government, as well as donations and - Continued support for the SAAG and the planned expansion, funding as above. - Public art support especially in the downtown public realm. Funding should be reviewed and discussed with the community.


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Watson

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My top three priorities are: 1) Creation of a performing arts centre, 2) Continued support of growth and planning on par with sport facilities, 3) Increased education and exposure to the arts through occasional free event days, so citizens can get exposure and participate in various forms of art without worry of financial barriers. These activities would need to be considered on a case by case situation and most likely funded through multiple sources. These could include grants, tax dollars and/or partnerships.


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Wiggers

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I believe a vibrant, lively arts culture in the City of Lethbridge is key to establishing and attracting professional business to Lethbridge. Council's first priority should be the creation of a new Performing Arts Centre, next is a conference centre where activities such as Comicon and other such gatherings can easily be accomodated lastly, Council should continue to improve on its recent successful efforts to hold and attract more Cultural Activities in Galt Gardens such as Love & Records and Octoberfest. The assets may be funded by Capital Improvement loans and/or Private/Public partnerships, whereas the Cultural Activities funding model currently in place can be reviewed and adjusted.


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Woss

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1. Performing Arts Centre. P3 funding. 2. Continue improving Galt Gardens to ensure that our City centre remain vibrant and viable. City funding. 3. Showcase artists through public festivals and events. City working in collaboration with the art community.