Editorial: Arts, culture necessary for us to thrive

An arts, culture and heritage event in the Alberni Valley showed that the arts sector cannot thrive on volunteerism alone.

We need arts, culture and heritage in our city, but the arts needs our help too.

That seemed to be the overarching theme of Saturday’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Event at Echo Centre.

More than 200 people came out to the centre to voice their opinion and listen to others’ points of view on arts, culture and heritage in the Alberni Valley. Many of those people spoke about how this sector cannot thrive on volunteerism alone—and supported spending municipal tax dollars on our city’s culture.

The event began as a way to figure out how to continue operating the Alberni Valley Museum. The Judy Rogers management report released a year ago suggested an alternate delivery method would be ideal, and recommended  moving in that direction as soon as possible.

But Saturday’s event quickly turned into so much more: a defence of arts and culture in the region, and a statement that these things matter.

According to the federal government’s Canadian Heritage branch, more than 630,000 people have jobs in arts, culture and heritage sectors, translating into $54.6 billion in Canada’s economy. That’s a pretty big slice of the economic pie, and the Alberni Valley is not immune to it.

Bob Steele, an associate professor Emeritus at the University of BC, says visual arts are a form of literacy: that children use art as a form of expression. ‘It begins with scribbles which have no connection to language but becomes language by being used intentionally to represent persons and things with thoughtfulness and feelings,’ Steele writes in The Drawing Path for Children, a discussion paper on the importance of art education in schools.

Let’s hope this Alberni Valley event speaks clearly to municipal leaders.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Photographer captures Port Alberni personalities in black and white portraits

Meet John Douglas, Courtney Naesgaard in double exhibit Jan. 18 at Rollin Art Centre

Alberni Valley Community Foundation opens grant application process for 2020

Nearly $30K available for Port Alberni-based charities

Stray cat with ‘serious burns’ recovering at Alberni SPCA

The BC SPCA’s Alberni-Clayoquot branch is asking members of the public for help with medical costs

B.C. government puts kibosh on drag racing at Alberni Valley Regional Airport

AVDRA was hopeful for a three-year temporary contract to race at the airport

Wet, white and windy winter weather hits Port Alberni

Snow expected to turn to rain on Thursday

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

B.C. landlord sentenced to two years in jail for torching his own rental property

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

Blue Monday is a myth but seasonal affective disorder and the winter blues are real

Canadian Mental Health Association says weather can affect mood

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Ice chunk from truck crushes vehicle windshield on Vancouver Island

None injured, but Nanaimo RCMP say there can be fines for accumulations of ice and snow

Calls for dialogue as Coastal GasLink pipeline polarizes some in northern B.C.

Coastal GasLink is building the 670-kilometre pipeline from British Columbia’s northeast to Kitimat on the coast

Wind and snow spark power outages across Vancouver Island

Winter storm warning in effect for east and west regions while wind warning to hit south and north

Most Read