Municipal elections 2014

Oct 21, 11:38 AM

On November 15, citizens from across the province will be asked to elect their local government representatives. We invite you to vote for the arts in your communities!

Policies set in place by local governments have a direct impact on how communities operate, develop and define themselves. This has particular resonance for artists and arts organizations, which play a key role in moulding the cultural identity of a city. Effectively, the work of artists and arts organizations develops a sense of belonging to a neighbourhood or community, fosters heterogeneous social relations, promotes the meaningful inclusion of diverse voices, and creates opportunities for active participation in civic and public spheres.

PAARC’s values are to advocate for livable incomes for artists and a commitment to the principle that artists deserve to be paid for their endeavours; stand against censorship and for the rights of artists to organize, work and advocate on their own behalf; and promote the meaningful inclusion of diverse voices, origins and abilities in the arts.

Key Facts about Artists in BC

- British Columbia is the Canadian province with the highest number of working artists

- Artists comprise 1.8% of the BC’s labour force.

- Together, artists and cultural workers account for 5.45% of the province’s labour force.

Province-wide resources

The Alliance for Arts and Culture has circulated a survey to municipal elections candidates from across the province. Access the Arts Vote BC website here

Capital Regional District Municipal Elections

Our colleagues at the ProArt Alliance have distributed the Arts Vote 2014 Candidate Survey to candidates in the Capital Regional District. See their responses here

Vancouver Municipal Elections

We have highlighted key points from the platforms of Vancouver’s 7 main parties in relation to: cultural life in the city, planning and urban development, community life, affordable housing and working conditions.

To view platform summaries and responses to the Vote for the Arts survey click here