Please answer in 100 words or less per question, and please answer at least five questions. All responses will be shared publicly. Your Name: *1. Richmond needs more purpose-built performance spaces. Richmond-based theatre, opera, choir, orchestra, and music non-profits often need to head into Vancouver or New Westminster in order to find purpose-built performance venues that are affordable and available. How will you address this concern? 2. Do you feel that the arts contribute to our local economy? How or how not? How could this contribution be increased? 3. Richmond is a multicultural city, but many feel there are not enough cross-cultural opportunities to build understanding between communities. What role do you think the arts can play in creating bridges between cultures? 4. With a large percentage of Richmond residents having English as a second language, how can the arts play a role in communication and understanding? 5. Safety is a major concern for many residents, and although Richmond is one of the safest cities, there is a perception that some areas are not safe. How can art assist in making people feel safer? 6. Seniors are a growing segment of Richmond’s population, and although we have the longest average lifespan in Canada, we rate low in rankings measuring a sense of belonging within a community. In your opinion, how can the arts help address our wellness and sense of belonging among our seniors, and what role should the City play? 7. Richmond is a relatively young city, with well-planned neighbourhoods and infrastructure. Do you feel the arts and artists should be included in City projects in areas such as planning, transportation, and sustainability? Why or why not? 8. Richmond has had a successful Public Art program for more than 15 years, resulting in one of the most impressive inventories of similar sized Canadian cities contributing to the vibrancy of the City. How would you like to see the program evolve over the next ten years? 9. How can you, in your role on the City Council, help support the arts in Richmond? MessageSubmit Thank you for your time and for your commitment to public service.