ARTS VOTE 2021

What #yegvotesarts is all about and how you can help

PACE has held the #YEGVotesArts campaign for quite a few years now, running the campaign in the six months ahead of any Edmonton municipal election. The next one is scheduled for October 2021.

#YEGVotesArts sends a questionnaire to every candidate in the municipal election; a questionnaire that seeks the candidate’s position on issues of importance to the professional Arts in Edmonton. The answers from each candidate are posted on this website, so that the public that cares about the Arts in our city can be informed as to the position of the candidate they vote for. PACE also organizes candidate forums on the Arts and distributes #YEGVotesArts buttons all across the city while encouraging Arts organizations to post the #YEGVotesArts logo on their websites with links back to this page. The intention is to ensure that our elected city councils are aware of the importance of the Arts in Edmonton and that they develop policy and budgets accordingly.

Edmonton City Council generally has been supportive of the city’s Arts sector over the past decade or so. The Art of Living Plan that governed city policy and funding for Arts and Heritage in Edmonton ran from 2008 – 2018. Connections and Exchanges: A 10-Year Plan to Transform Arts and Heritage in Edmonton is the sequel to Art of Living and is working its way through the approval process at City Hall as this is written.

Our next municipal election will be held in the autumn of 2021. PACE will be there with another #YEGVotesArts campaign. Keep checking this site for new information as it develops.