Mayoral Candidates

Mike Savage

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Recognizing the importance of arts and culture to our community I committed to and Arts Advisory Committee when I first ran for Mayor four years ago. I am proud to say it has been up and running since 2014.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

I want to triple that amount annually over time.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

The current makeup of the Arts Advisory Committee consists of knowledgeable members of our arts community. I believe in peer review.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

I want to set up a funding stream specifically for culturally diverse and equity-seeking artists and creative presenters to ensure those from traditionally under represented groups have access to arts funding.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I can recall the unveiling of a piece of public art at the Dartmouth Library. It was a woven sculpture by Dawn MacNutt that I found both sad and majestic at the same time. It comes to mind from time to time, but most poignantly when I was on Ireland’s River Liffey where I saw those statues of people forced to leave their homes because of the famine.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

I know several and have made a point of displaying their paintings in my office to help provide profile.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

The arts not only define who we are but they present tremendous economic opportunity if we provide the right support. I will increase arts funding, create a funding stream for artists from traditionally under represented groups and create a Mayor’s award for outstanding architecture. In addition I will work with other levels of government to enhance existing cultural infrastructure and contribute to the creation of new arts and heritage facilities.


Councillor Candidates

Kate Watson

District 5

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

I am a member of HRM’s ArtsHfx Advisory Committee. We are actively working towards making an arms-length arts and culture granting body a reality.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

HRM is aiming to be “world class” in many areas. I definitely support world class funding for our arts community. The arts contribute economically to HRM in a myriad of ways, from creating employment to attracting tourists. Our arts scene makes this place a better place to live! We need to step up and support that with more funding.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Yes! This was in our recommendations when the ArtsHfx report was submitted to council, but it was not accepted.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

HRM needs to do much more towards recognizing the value that the arts brings to our city. Individual artists should be eligible along with arts organizations for arts funding.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I am the theatre writer at The Coast, so I see more than 120 plays a year. This year,I was very moved and touched by Shakespeare By The Sea’s production of King Lear. It made me look at my own father’s dementia in a different light. The beauty of Point Pleasant Park combined with this outstanding production made a lasting impression on me.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Too many to name! Dartmouth Centre has always been home to artists, but recently there has been in influx of young people from the arts community who come here for the more affordable housing and the vibrant community feel. I am personally friends with many people who live in Dartmouth and work in music, film and theatre, dance, literary and visual arts.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

I will champion increased support for artist residencies and artist spaces in Dartmouth Centre. I will continue my work around increased artist funding and progress towards an arm-length granting body. I will use my visibility as a councillor to promote the arts. I will work to ensure that Alderney Landing gets the support it needs to grow as an arts hub in Downtown Dartmouth.

 

Warren Wesson

District 5

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

I think the art community .. not council .. should have most influence on what gets grant attention

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Yes I thought we already had met national averages but regardless I would put in to double over the next four years yes.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Little tougher to say yes as that is money off the grants likely but as I said I support artists making the call on grants,

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Arts are essential to a creative and healthy economy . It is a health issue as far as I am concerned. Very important,

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I am a trained and award winning Pianist with the Royal Conservatory who was raised in a household with a Masters of Fine Arts and a National Pianist champion. I grew up in an art and music environment.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Many.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

Make it easy and work hard to build our funds to improve cultural places aka .. venues. Venues that support that support the arts take risks too. Nothing is without risk .. so I say lets take more risk for our artists.

Tim Rissesco

District 5

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Arts and Culture enhance the livability of a community and investments in Arts and Culture lead to greater economic activity in the community

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

As Executive Director of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, I worked to promote the arts in downtown Dartmouth. In 2015, we commissioned a mural to commemorate Joseph Howe Day. The mural depicts the Joseph Howe quote, “”What is for the public good?”” Arts and Cultural funding is always for the public good.
The piece is impactful because its poses the questions on a big wall, I consider the question all the time in my public life.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes, as the executive director of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, I have worked with theatre and visual artists on productions, installations and events

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

I will be a vocal advocate for the growth of the arts and cultural sector in my district. I will support events and installation of public art in the district. I will advertise in theatre guides.

 

Colin Castle

District 1

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

I would support the creation of an A&C granting body provided it is comprised of members from all aspects of the arts (ie theater, musicians, etc.) as well as members of council and/or city staff to provide a balance of opinion as to which groups receive funding.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

No

My selection of no really should say maybe. The decision between yes or no would depend on which cities are represented in the national per capita. If they’re including cities like Vancouver and Toronto and Montreal in those numbers, then I would be inclined to think $768,000 is over inflated because those cities invest heavily into their A&C. If the $768,000 is based on a comparison of similar sized cities to Halifax / Dartmouth then I would be more inclined to say yes. I would want to see how that national average is comprised first. I do believe $300,000 is insufficient though. We can do more.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

No

I would support the recommendation that juries be comprised of professional artists but I don’t believe a nominal fee should be necessary. Who would pay this fee? Where are the funds coming from? Could any outside group be construed as contributing to this fee in favor of their proposal? These would be just a few questions that immediately pop in mind. It would be a simpler, less risky endeavor if money was not involved with the members disbursing the funds.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Yes, but I would like to see what defines an artist which would qualify. I am an artist in the sense that I am a musician and compose music. However, I don’t make money or perform publicly anymore, yet I would still say I am an artist of sorts. I would want to make sure we have clear parameters as to what an individual artist is and why they would get the funding.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I can’t say any one single experience or a single piece of art has had a lasting impact on me. I can say however I grew up in a theater and was exposed to hundreds of experiences which helped shape who I am today in respect to being a musician. My mother was very involved with our local theater, Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theater. It is a beautiful building in the heart of the Valley rich with cultural history and significance. My childhood almost exclusively was spent in this building and in the process I was exposed to all varieties of plays including Two Planks and a Passion, A Hat Full of Podger, Maritime Marionettes, as well as all kinds of amazing musical acts such a Valdy, Ronnie Hawkins, Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster, Rita MacNeil, The Platters, The Pete Best Band, and the list could go on a mile long. I have an immense respect for the arts and the amount of talent and work necessary to succeed in this field. One of the other beautiful pieces to the Bicentennial Theater is our stunning theater curtain painted by William McGill. I haven’t seen it since I was a kid but I do remember it’s a stunning piece of art that should be displayed and promoted throughout all of Nova Scotia.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes. District 1 is blessed to have many professional artists living and contributing in our area. I won’t name names but through the Bicentennial Theater I have had the pleasure to meet many professional artists who come from all over but also work and volunteer in our village.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

I would start by encouraging more people to utilize our theater. It is underfunded right now and just getting by for the time being. We aren’t hosting the big productions we used to back in the day. The theater is a centerpiece to the Musquodoboit Valley and when it operating to it’s maximum potential, it is a huge draw from all over the province. This is great because it provides a shot in the arm to our local economy. Tourism has fallen to the wayside so this would be a good way to bring people back to our area.

 

Pamela Lovelace

District 13

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Yes, this an accepted standard that Halifax should implement.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Investing in the arts & culture industry builds a strong cultural scene that helps to attract and retain labour. To be a world-class city, Halifax must embrace cultural producers and encourage creative, innovative and imaginative citizenship. Investing in arts and culture is non-negotiable – it’s a game-changer.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Yes, this is an accepted standard that Halifax should implement.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Yes. Individuals are often the ones who generate the most change by creating new trends and encouraging new perspectives to take hold.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I am an amateur creative producer. I enjoy song writing, poetry, singing, playing music; and, I have produced 2 short films, both broadcast by CBC-TV. In 2014, I spread-headed the creation of a veterans monument for Hammonds Plains-Lucasville. The community now has a beautiful 18ft Cenotaph in Uplands Park on the Hammonds Plains Road, which serves as a daily reminder for thousands of people. I fully appreciate the significance of art as a community cultural development tool.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes, we are very fortunate in District 13 Hammonds Plains-St. Margaret’s to have many artists and cultural producers, from various disciplines: visual, literary, dance, fashion, film & television, and performance. I have worked with many professional artists in Nova Scotia over the last 20 years while working for and volunteering with cultural organizations including, JazzEast, Upstream Music, Multicultural Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Nova Scotia Cultural Network, Quick As a Wink Theatre, Mount Saint Vincent University, Women in Film & Television-Atlantic, and CBC/Radio-Canada. I am a former associate producer of CBC ArtSpots, a national program broadcast online and TV to raise awareness of cultural producers and their work across Canada.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

I support cultural producers by buying local art, promoting arts events, and raising awareness of engagement opportunities. Collaboration, community and culture are cornerstones of my principled approach to elected office.

 

Dawn E. Penney

District 11

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

As long as it is fair and equitable.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

As so long as it is fair and equitable.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

The pianos that have been placed around the municipality move me because it gives amateur and professional artists an opportunity to play in public and add a positive atmosphere where ever they can be heard. Plus, graffiti friendly walls create a colourful city full of artistic character. As always, more can be done to support hobbyist and professional artists doing what they love.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

As a volunteer music / art event organiser, facilitator, artist and promoter I have incubated and encouraged countless artistic ideas and individuals into action by working and hosting events over the past 15 years. I am brave enough to say that I am the biggest ally (and definitely the most experienced at the grassroots level) and supporter that Arts and Culture has in this election. Thank you for this survey.

 

Gabriel Enxuga

District 5

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

In order to foster innovative artistic production and presentation, it is important that funding be allocated by a group of peers and experts that can adequately judge the quality and merit of proposals. City council should entrust an independent body to determine the quality of artistic works within the broader currents of local artistic production with autonomy and free of any political interference. This principle is already in place at the federal and provincial levels, and needs to be implemented at the municipal level as well.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

As the largest municipality in Atlantic Canada, Halifax should be investing in Arts and Culture at the national per capita average level. The HRM plays a role as a hub for artistic production and also in the shaping and dissemination of Atlantic culture. As it is through the arts that common notions are challenged and cultural identities are formed, a thriving cultural scene is a sign of a healthy and dynamic city.

However, funding is only half the recipe to a thriving cultural sector. Reducing the cost of artistic production is also important. By doing an inventory of available infrastructure, we can support the allocation of space for artistic creation and presentation. Through tax incentives to artist-run centres and cooperatives, we can increase the cumulative impact these organizations have within the cultural sector by providing affordable space and resources to both artists and consumers of art. Also, it’s no secret that most artists scrape by to make a living. By providing affordable housing, free transit, and fair wages, our city can relieve many of the financial pressures that currently make it very difficult to sustain a career in the arts.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

It is only fair to compensate professionals for their time and expertise in the service of a public good. Too often, artists are asked to offer their labour for free, which undermines the sustainability and growth of a career in the arts. Also, without professional expertise, the purpose of having an arm’s length granting body would be defeated.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Support for a individual artists is essential to the development of a career in the arts. It allows for sustained development in an artist’s practice between and beyond specific project phases, especially for artists who work independently of organizations or companies.

However, added support is also needed for artist-run centres and cooperatives who have an exponential impact on numerous individual artists and companies, particularly emerging ones, by providing affordable space and resources to many in the community.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I was involved with the Robert St Social Centre, Inkstorm Screen-printing Studio, and served on the board of the Anchor Archive Zine Collective. Being involved in a DIY, independent, and artist-run collective showed me the importance of affordable and accessible creative spaces. Most creative spaces in our city are either expensive to use or not accessible to people who are not university students. I think that art is an important cultural experience that should be available to everyone regardless of income or education level. My involvement with these independent and artist-run collectives taught me the important of accessible, artist-run spaces that are rooted in neighborhoods and communities.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes, many! Susan Leblanc, Sébastien Labelle, Ursula Johnson and T Thomason to name a few. Dartmouth Centre has become an attractive place for artists to live in by being affordable in comparison to the peninsula, while remaining close by. We need to ensure that Dartmouth Centre’s growing popularity does not result in the displacement of the very people who have come to contribute to our community and others who can’t afford rising rental and property costs. Rent control, inclusionary zoning, and free transit are ways that we can ensure that our neighbourhoods remain affordable.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

Certainly, all of the proposals offered by the Greater Halifax Arts Coaliton would go a long way to grow arts and culture in Dartmouth Centre and beyond. Added to that, I would increase support to artist-run centres and cooperatives, offer free transit and provide additional affordable housing to ensure the overall affordability of living and working as an artist. Finally, I would offer free recreation

 

Shelley Fashan

District 2

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

It provides for a fairness and transparent mechanism.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Arts and Culture are an integral part of our identity as a community.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

I support juries representative of professional and community based artists who should receive a nominal fee.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

 

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

All of Juanita Peter’s plays and Cory Bowles’ videos, they make you think and feel through the whole experience.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

Programming, workshops, training, performance and exhibitions.

 

Scott Guthrie

District 12

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

I will need to review this recommendation in detail but support the high level concept of the intent.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

We will need to carry out a full review of this request and determine where in the budget we can re-allocate funding without creating detriment to other areas. So, “potentially yes”

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

No

We should not limit to only professional artists. All stakeholders need to have involvement.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

My wifes painting.
Because she had hidden talent that blows me away. She is amazing.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

We need to make arts and culture more accessible and inclusive in our education system and throughout our municipality. Offering more opportunity to the masses to being exposed to the art and culture world.

 

Stephen Adams

District 11

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

I would support this initiative as long as it is consistent with what we are permitted to fund under the Charter.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

No

I would support a committee of our staff to recommend these grants, based on established criteria.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

No

Funding should be available to benefit groups, not specific individuals.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

[No Response]

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

There are a number of artists throughout District 11 that are very active. I do know many of them.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

I would ask the arts community how best to develop and nurture the growth of arts and culture.

 

Waye Mason

District 7

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

I support peer jury decisions overseen by Artshalifax committee. This should happen next fiscal.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Probably this will take 2 or 3 years, I committed to get there in 3. Also current funding is I believe $360? *Editors Note: The initial version of this survey had the current budget incorrect at $300,000*

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Peer juries, small honoraria.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Eventually, but this requires charter change. It cannot be done right now.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

Josh Ritter singing a Bruce Springsteen cover in the dark to 500 people in St Matthew’s Church back in 2009. People were crying.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Loads. Symphony players, rock musicians, dancers, visual artists.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

Continue to grow HRMs professional arts program, the public art program, put some clarity around the notional $30 million cultural spaces program.

 

John Bignell

District 12

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

No

There are grant programs in place from the city and the province.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Healthy cities have healthy arts and culture funding budgets.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

No

In the past I have found these groups support their friends and create clique in the art community.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Maybe…

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

Josh Ritter singing a Bruce Springsteen cover in the dark to 500 people in St Matthew’s Church back in 2009. People were crying.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Mabel Killiam Day – Her art speaks of a different time in Nova Scotia that was rich in culture and community.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

With Youth engagement and opportunities for culture and arts venues. I have been working with the Nova Scotia Paramedic Society to create a visual art project of modern emergency health care through the eyes of an artist. Comparable to the work present by Robert Pope.

 

Sam Austin

District 5

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

 

Yes

In addition to representatives from the arts community, I would also like to see some citizen-at-large appointments. This is the typical approach to municipal panels to ensure a greater mix of perspectives.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Yes based on the Public Art program and subject to funding availability as the SACAC report recommends.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I have a Wendy Bissett Beaver painting of Portland Street hanging in my house. I love Wendy’s whimsical but recognizable cityscapes. We’ve gone onto buy a few prints of hers that are on lightswitche and electrical outlets in our home.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes. Several including folks helping me on my campaign, friends and neighbours. There are many artists in Dartmouth.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

I would like to see more public art in Dartmouth that people can interact with on a daily basis. The placemaking program should be expanded. If the Alderney Market is one day renovated, I would want to see the Craig Gallery maintain a prominent and accessible spot that encourages people to casually visit. I will also lead by example. I will continue to attend openings at the Craig and Dart galleries and other venues.

In terms of culture, Dartmouth is to be the future home of the Regional Museum. I have served on the Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society board and I believe this is a project that should be a priority. I would also like to see more attention paid to our heritage by installing attractive street plaques.

 

Bruce Holland

District 12

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Depending on the structure/make up of the body.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Again, It would depend on the make up of the juries and the amount of the fee.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Would need more information on this question.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

My daughters recent film in the Atlantic Film festival had an impact on me. I love arts and culture. experience all different types as often as I can.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

Would love to see more art and cultural activities in the district. Would engage with artists to find ways to make this happen.

 

Carlos Beals

District 6

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

No

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

As a dance instructor for youth in the community this has had a long lasting impact on me. I was able to impact my community in a positive way, while encouraging exercise and expression. This has had a long lasting impact on me as it is what community and community leaders should be all about, connecting with community in a healthy engaging way. Sometime the simple things are the most meaningful.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

No

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

I think this begins at a young age. I think ensuring children and youth have access to art programs and programs that enhance their understanding of different cultures really is where success will be found. I support programming for children and youth programming of all types, but programming around the arts not only develops many skills, but also fosters empathy, and is an outlet for their emotions.

 

Lisa Blackburn

District 14

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

No

I support raising the budget, but would want to see that increase in context with other budget obligations.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I’d have to say I’m biased as my mother-in-law is sculptor Barbara Paterson, creator of the Famous Five statue on Parliment Hill! That piece has had a profound effect on me and has led me to explore the importance of art and history. Watching her create it was also an amazing lesson on the struggle artists face from all levels of government.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

A few, yes. Mostly musicians, but also some actors.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

It is a very exciting time for the arts in District 14. Planning is well underway for he new Cobequid Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts and it is my intention to be a vocal advocate for the project at the council table as it is a facility that is long overdue.

 

Linda Mosher

District 9

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

No

Not at this time but will evaluate with council. In July Regional Council approved $360,000 under professional arts (not $300,000) -Please see link to council report: http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/documents/160719ca1481.pdf

This $360,000 is only the designated funding exclusive to professional arts. However, the sector has received funding from other HRM sources including community grants, district capital, public art and tax relief. In my last term of office, I supported increased funding for arts and culture, as well as other indirect – but important – measures like the 100% property tax exemption for Neptune Theatre (which is worth over $400,000). Other groups such as Scotia Chamber Players, who are professional artists, also receive tax exemption. There are also other arts funding for public arts projects, community grants which support professional arts organizations (Zuppa Circus and Symphony Nova Scotia, etc.) I recognize the economic and community benefits that result from increased investment in arts and culture and will continue to support increasing the level of investment. It would be inappropriate, however, to set any specific financial target until Regional Council goes through the 2017-2018 budget process. It is not an individual decision; it has to be made in context. Only the majority of Council can approve funding.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Yes, but in the future, not at this time. I am open to discussing this and would not necessarily oppose such a change, but feel that increased investment in arts and culture should be targeted first to arts and cultural organizations and individual artists. Once Halifax Regional Municipality is investing in arts and culture at a comparable national level (as noted in question #1), I would more supportive of providing a nominal fee to jury members.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

As a child my parents took me to live theatre. One of my fondest memories was seeing Anne of Green Gables in Prince Edward Island. My mother said I sat through each play with rapt attention. I requested to see them again and again. My parents instilled the importance of arts and culture to my siblings and me at an early age.

District 9 is home to Theatre Arts Guild (TAG), Canada’s oldest continually operating community theatre. I am a longtime supporter and promoter of TAG – both as a Councillor and personally. I am also a supporter of Neptune Theatre.

I have traveled extensively and each city I have visited I have always taken the time to learn and experience the culture, as well as visiting art galleries and public art.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

My mother is a professional artist. As well, many of her friends are professional artists so I have grown up appreciating various forms of art. Many of my constituents are professional artists as well.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

To encourage the growth of arts in the district I would continue to have community murals and public art such as the two bicycle sculptures on the Chain of Lakes Trail. As well support local organizations such as the Theatre Arts Guild and the St. Georges Greek Orthodox Church.

 

Mohammad Ehsan

District 10

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

 

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

 

[No Response]

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

[No Response]

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

[No Response]

 

Shawn Cleary

District 9

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Let’s leave decisions about the arts to the experts who know the arts.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Considering the benefits a strong cultural sector brings, this investment offers tremendous value per dollar.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Our most talented people deserve to be paid for their hard work.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

Going to the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg. It was a moving experience to see the Group of Seven works up close, to see not only the history of real Canadian art, but to viscerally experience the landscapes through the eyes of those painters.

Also, seeing the long houses and totem poles in the Museum of Civilization gives you goose bumps. It gives you a real appreciation of the three founding cultures in Canada.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Susan Tooke, Richard Rudnicki, and Joel Sullivan.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

The municipality should increase its investments in arts and culture and commission more art for public space. We could also provide incentives for developers to create public art for their projects.

 

Irvine Carvery

District 8

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

I am in support of this as long as the panel is culturally diverse

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I have for the last 30 years researching the history of Africville [sic]

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

[No Response]

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

By partnering with organization like [Greater Halifax Arts Coalition]

 

Iona Stoddard

District 12

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

It is part of the recommendations.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

At the very least we should be average! Actually I would like us to be above average.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

It was an piece of work done by a friend who took up painting as a diversion from her cancer treatment. Her very first painting was of two African children and it was amazing. She was a natural talent. She did two more before she died both of which were perfect. I use her as inspiration and to show people that they never know what they might be capable of doing. Art is window to what makes us human.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

No professional artists in my district, only amateur. Outside the district yes.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

Promotion, funding, public awareness and my personal support.

 

Andrew Curran

District 10

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Creating an arms length arts and culture body makes sense and is a logical way to move forward.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

I wholeheartedly support this. In fact, I would like to see this amount increased beyond the $768,000, to $1,000,000 by the end of 2018. Investing in our arts and culture will bring money back in to our communities and contributes to making Halifax a fun place to live.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Yes. Artists tend to live on less money than many professions and yet contribute greatly to our community.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I’ve enjoyed attending several local theatres for musicals, plays, dinner with theatre, school plays, and more. I very much enjoy looking at the art that is all around us when traveling through our communities. The wall mural art on concrete road-walls, on telephone and power boxes along the road, and the various art pieces along the water front contribute to make HRM more vibrant and enjoyable. There are many artists who support their lives with art along city roads and in community places. Over the years, I have been involved with local theatre, supporting my children’s involvement.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes. In fact, I know of several artists who have university degrees in music, photography and general art that are struggling to get by.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

One way to encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in my district is to support this initiative, which will help fund art projects, local theatres, music, culture and more.

 

Brenden Sommerhalder

District 8

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

It is important that we have a group dedicated to this within City Hall, and that this group be independent from any political considerations.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

Yes

It is embarrassing that we fund arts and culture to such a meager extent in Halifax. We need, at the very least, to be a the middle of the pack. And we should aim higher.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

These judges will be professionals carrying out a professional task, and should receive some level of compensation.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

If somebody wishes to create art in our city, we should do what we can to enable this. I believe supporting individual, qualified (determined by an independent group) artists for this purposes would provide good value to the municipality.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

This summer I went to Antigonish for the Highland Games with my partner (actor, Lesley Smith) and uncle-in-law. The final event of the Games was a musical extravaganza, put together and performed entirely by locals, amateur to professional. I set my expectations accordingly.

I was stunned by the quality and authenticity of the performance. It was set as a kitchen party, a sweet Cape Breton story line weaving several acts together that gave locals the opportunity to display their talents in music, dance, comedy, and even Gaelic. it was clear that the performances came from a place of passion and personal story. My appreciation for Antigonish’s connection to the Celtic cultures was changed forever that weekend, and this performance sealed the deal.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

I live with one, my partner, a stage and film actor Lesley Smith. I know several others – our our north and west ends, encompassed by District 8, is home to many artists because of the (historically) affordable nature of living here.

Unfortunately, lately this affordability has been under threat, and some close personal friends in the arts industry have moved over the harbour in search of more affordable accommodations, or out of province in search of more work. These are pressing issues in our District, city, and province.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

Ensuring affordability of living in the District is one big challenge that affects all of us, and unfortunately it affects many people working in the arts to a greater extent. Solving this through tools like the Centre Plan will be a focus of mine immediately.

There are some tactics in use in other municipalities around the world that I would like to explore for Halifax. Some of these include:

– Los Angeles is currently running a “”Cultivate/Create”” program which sees cultural and artistic nonprofits receive grants of up to $10,000 with which to commission works, provided that they can match the grant funding provided with outside donations within a four-month window. This program also provides training sessions and resources for organizations regarding how to cultivate relationships with donors, as well as workshops on developing sustainable revenue streams.

– The City of Ottawa offers individual grants for projects, as well as grants for organizational funding in two categories, Annual and 3-Year.

– Vancouver has a $10.1 million annual cultural support budget includes programs to help arts organizations secure infrastructure, as well as a cyclical three-year program to afford live-work and work-only studio space at low cost to financially struggling artists. (BC has five municipalities leading the way on providing organizational support and training specifically targeted to arts bodies.)

There are non-grant programs I am interested in exploring too, including provision of office or performance space for artists, tax relief on property or commercial taxes, promotional support, and coordinated partnerships with other groups and agencies.

I am open to ideas. I think Halifax can be one of the arts-friendliest cities in Canada. I would also support an integrated arts centre to consider as Halifax’s next large scale public (and possibly partnered) project that would could house the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and feature one or more theatres (perhaps a main stage and other smaller, more accessible stages), and other uses. I was impressed when I toured FirstOntario Place (https://www.firstontariopac.ca/) in St. Catherines, Ontario this summer, and I was left wondering why we can’t do something like that here.

 

Chris Poole

District 8

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

Yes

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

In theory yes, funding is important for the arts and culture. Once elected and when I can see all the facts. I would be more than happy to look into this.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

Yes

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

Yes

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I have been involved in the film industry for over 20 years, and my latest cultural experience was with the Atlantic Film Festival this year. It’s a great festival that allows local artists to showcase their talent and allows the public to experience the incredible talent we have in Nova Scotia.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Yes I do

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

We need to have more public venues that is accesible to our local community, and organizations such as Wonder’neath Artists Studios need to be encouraged. Partnerships with local business to display artists work, supporting festivals such as the Atlantic Fringe Festival is also very important. And discussions with the Arts and Culture community to generate ways of supporting the industry.

 

Bruce Smith

District 12

Do you support the creation of an arms length arts and culture granting body within 3 years?

In general terms, I strongly support arts and culture in our city and province.
However, I would like to know the structure of the arms length organization.
Should I agree with the structure, I would certainly like to see it in place prior to three years.

Do you support raising the Arts and Culture funding budget, to meet the national average per capital municipal funding, from the current $360,000 to $768,000 by the end of 2018?

I would like to see our arts and culture funding exceed the national average.
Not only would art and culture beautify our city in many ways, it will attract tourism to Halifax.

Do you support the recommendation that juries for these grants comprise professional artists who would be paid a nominal fee for this service?

I agree with a granting organization to consist of peer professionals.
However, it would also be in their best interest to have a representative from City Council.
A City Council representative could be in the best position to champion your cause.

Do you support the creation of a program for individual artists to access funding?

I would like to see individual artist receive funding to produce great works of public art.

Describe a cultural experience or piece of art that has had a lasting impact on you. How and why did it affect you?

I have produced several music events in our city. Perhaps the most memorable was producing and introducing one of my greatest musical heroes to the Rebecca Cohn stage.
Having lived in other cities in North America and visited many others, I have experienced exhibitions of amazing art.
Presently, due to the standard of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia we cannot bring great art exhibitions to our city.
It is my goal, and has been for several years, should I be elected, to encourage the funding and construction of a World Class Performing Arts Centre.

Do you know any professional artists living in your district?

Unfortunately, presently I do not.

How would you encourage and nurture the growth of arts and culture in your district?

Firstly, I would like to encourage and promote the use of the Bella Rose Arts Center.
This is a wonderful acoustically balanced 500 seat theatre within the Halifax West High School.
In turn, this would encourage young people to participate in the arts.
Secondly, as a great supporter of public art, I would like to see great sculptures and murals throughout District 12.