This was sent to the SSAC on October 23rd – unfortunately so promptly that they missed it.
Thank you for your questionnaire “Where Do You Stand?”.
As a longtime member of the SSAC, a member of two guilds and a participant in both Artcraft and Wintercraft, I welcome the opportunity to further support the Arts if I am a Trustee.
The primary responsibility of The Trust is land usage and zoning. I will immediately legalize secondary suites and cottages. This will add to the pool of affordable housing on Salt Spring and will also raise the standard of such housing. As well, I will do all I can to facilitate any applications for more affordable housing.
I support the idea of a School for the Arts which may also include Sustainable Agriculture and Ecology. This has the potential to greatly benefit all of the artists on the island – both those in the beginning and those in the maturity of their career.
I have read with great interest the Salt Spring Island Tourist Development Plan (December 2009) and see a potential for making our Island a year-round destination for experiential tourism. What could be better than half a dozen people coming to the Island for a week long course, renting a couple of cars, staying in B&B’s, eating out in restaurants, touring studios, shopping in galleries and generally supporting our community in the “off-season”.
The SSAC has made a good start with their first effort, “Creative Holidays on Salt Spring”, this fall. Let’s do a lot more!
I also support the idea of an umbrella arts organization on Salt Spring. Perhaps the SSAC can help in taking on that role. We have several strong guilds in our community. I know that all of them will strongly mentor young artists. Several bring outstanding teachers from all over the world. And students from off-island often attend.
By working together with the Chamber of Commerce and coordinating these efforts and the publicity associated with them the SSAC can help to brand us as a destination for the Arts. As a trustee I will fully support any such undertakings.
All potential funding for the Arts and Tourism must be identified and then applied for. This can be most effectively done by a unified Arts community. As I trustee I will offer my full support for any applications.
I would like to see BC Ferries offer a Resident Travel Card for reduced travel costs to full time residents on the Island. It can be similar to the Nexus Card for travel between Canada and theUS. Abuse it and you lose it. I would also like to see a youth fare implemented.
Not just BC Ferries, but any provincially funded entity must make the work of local artists and artisans a primary focus in their retail outlets. As a trustee I will take this to the Trust Council and will encourage it to go forward to the UBCM.
The Arts and Tourism together are absolutely vital to a Sustainable Salt Spring. I want to see us grow in depth by encouraging quality, not numbers-based, year-round tourism.