What #yegvotesarts is all about and how you can help

Edmonton City Council generally has been very supportive of the city’s Arts sector in recent years.

For the Arts community to continue to grow and increase its contribution to Edmonton, that support needs to continue.

The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) currently is preparing a second 10-year Plan for Arts and Culture in Edmonton (the current Art of Living plan expires in 2018). That new plan ultimately must go before Edmonton City Council for adoption.

Meantime, the new Screen Industries Office is being organized and soon should have its first executive director, charged with responsibility for attracting major film projects to Edmonton and also for helping to develop the city’s domestic screen industries. The support this new office receives from City Council also will be vitally important in seeing our city’s screen industries grow and stimulate increased economic development in Edmonton through movie production.

As an industry, we need to pay close attention to where each of the candidates in this election stands on issues facing arts and culture.

There are many great ways to advocate for our wonderful arts and culture sector during this ongoing civic election. Here are just a few of them:

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  1. Post a #yegvotesarts banner on your website, Facebook page or blog. Let everyone, particularly our municipal candidates, know how widely and 
  2. Share the #yegvotesarts banner with all your colleagues and friends. Urge them to post the banner on all their electronic media.
  3. Here’s something you’ll want to get your hands on: #yegvotesarts buttons! Quite a few arts organizations have them available for the public to take. Just ask for them at your favorite arts and culture organization. Better yet, e-mail for your own supply and share them around.
  4. Take photos of yourself, your friends, family and colleagues wearing your #yegvotesarts buttons and e-mail them to . We promise to post them on our Facebook page, our Tumblr blog and our Twitter account (@PACEdmonton) identifying those in the photo and crediting the arts and culture event, organization or artifact involved.
  5. Send us your stories of how you have seen arts and culture enhance our great city. We’ll share these electronically, as well, giving full credit all around. Again, send it to
  6. Ask your candidates on the doorstep, at meetings and forums, by e-mail or by phone what their arts and culture platforms are. Tell us what you think of their answers.
  7. Check out candidates’ verbatim answers to our #yegvotesarts survey on our Facebook page and our Tumblr blog. We are posting them as they come in. When we have received as many responses as possible we’ll group them in a PDF and offer them on this website for your perusal.
  8. Post a link to this website on your organization’s website and urge your members and supporters to visit.
  9. Find out who the arts-friendly candidates are in your riding and find out where you need to vote, if you haven’t already. The PACE Arts Vote 2017 survey is designed to help identify those candidates.
  10. Please check the link to candidates’ forums below for dates and locations. We want to see as many people from our arts community attending as possible. Be sure to raise arts-related questions to the candidates at each forum.

Candidate and Mayoral Forums

Results of the PACE Arts Vote 2017 questionnaire sent to all candidates (verbatim responses)

Mayoral Candidates Responses:

Carla Frost Mayoral Candidate

Don Iveson Mayoral Candidate

City Council Candidates Responses (in order of Ward):

Reuben Avellana – Ward 1

Andrew Knack- Ward 1

Bev Esslinger Ward 2

Shelley Tupper Ward 2

John Oplanich – Ward 3

Felix Amenaghawon Ward 4

Scott McKeen – Ward 6

Tish Prouse Ward 6

Kris Anryechuck Ward 7

Matthew Kleywegt Ward 7

Kirsten Goa – Ward 8

Ben Hendersen – Ward 8

James Kosowan Ward 8

Eli Schrader – Ward 8

Payman Parseyan Ward 9

Mark Hope Ward 9

Glenda Williams Ward 10

Troy Pavlek Ward 11

Keren Tang – Ward 11

Mike Russnak Ward 12

Edmonton Public School Board Candidate Responses:

Sherry Adams – Public School Trustee Ward 1

Kevin O’Connor School Board Ward D

Trisha Estabrooks – School Trustee Ward D

Edmonton Catholic School Board Candidate Responses:

Mara Suchy Catholic School Board 71


PACE Arts Vote 2017 Questionnaire

  1. The Edmonton Art Council is about to hold hearings in developing a new 10-year Arts and Heritage Plan, to replace the Art of Living strategy which expires in 2018. Do you support an on-going, civically-funded funded arts and heritage strategy to promote and strengthen the Arts and Heritage in Edmonton?
  2.  The Percent for Art Program allocates one per cent (1%) of the eligible construction budget of any publicly accessible municipal project for the acquisition of art. The Edmonton Arts Council directs the program, and provides vision for, and stewardship of, the City of Edmonton Public Art Collection. Are you satisfied with how public art currently is selected and purchased by the City?
  3. Appropriate facilities to support Edmonton’s arts and culture industries are critical to our city’s growth and development in this area. The creation of specific districts to support certain kinds of Arts, such as music districts, has been adopted in some cities to foster growth of cultural industries. Do you support zoning bylaw changes that would make it easier to create dedicated Arts districts and make it easier and less expensive to convert existing commercial and industrial space to suitable arts space?
  4. How will you continue to enhance arts and culture in our city?
  5. What do you think it would take to make Edmonton a world class city?
  6. What role do you see local Arts playing in helping to make Edmonton a world class city?
  7. The City of Edmonton has supported such international sporting events as Festival International des Sports Extrêmes (FISE), ITU World Triathlon and the Tour of Alberta to place Edmonton on the national and world stage. Would you favour similarly supporting, pursuing and creating major national and international Arts showcases that would put Edmonton on the world stage as a centre of Arts and Culture?