Parks, Public Spaces, Arts & Culture
PRIORITIZE PARKS AND PARKLANDS
The city must preserve existing parks and parklands, ensure they can be accessible to all, and expand parks in our neighborhoods, and through transformative projects like the proposed I-5 lid. I will not support building housing on existing parkland; a livable city requires green spaces where people gather to play and rest. Additionally, we must invest in the care and upkeep of existing parks, to ensure they are clean, safe, and well lit.
SUPPORT AND SUSTAIN ALL CITY ARTS PROGRAMMING AND FUNDING
- Continue to support admissions tax dedicated to funding the Office of Arts & Culture and the important programs they pay for across the city, including Civic Partners, Creative Advantage, Youth Arts, Smart Ventures, and Cultural Space.
- I believe in the work of the Office of Arts & Culture and will expand upon it.
- I support the Office of Film & Music and will advocate for funding and tax credits to bring more productions into Seattle.
- Continue Seattle Center programming like Festal and bolster support for Seattle Center arts institutions.
PUBLIC SPACE ACTIVATION
As someone who has produced over 100 flash mobs in Seattle and produces the largest single festival day in the city, I know the importance of public space activation. Park stewards, games, food trucks, and events are all an essential piece of this that I will work to fund, support, and sustain on the council.
EXPAND OPPORTUNITY IN THE CREATIVE ECONOMY
The creative economy is essential to Seattle’s future. Those who can create are already in demand for high paying jobs, but this will only increase as the economy evolves towards more automation. We need to nurture our existing creatives and ensure today’s students have creative skills so they can thrive in the future.
Creative workers like musicians, designers, and storytellers are an essential part of our workforce. The simplest and most effective way to do this would be through peer mentorship programs established and maintained by the city to connect creative experts (either within or without companies or organizations) with youth. I also fully support the Mayor’s Plan for two years of free community college education for students who graduate from Seattle’s public schools.
Support King County Cultural Access program
The “Access for All” initiative would raise a 1/10th of 1% sales tax for the support of community-based and regional science, heritage and arts organizations and education. When it makes its way back onto the King County ballot, I will advocate publicly for its passage and when implemented will work with stakeholders at the King County Council and on Seattle City Council to support the program and work to provide additional resources in District 3 and citywide to strengthen these programs.
ARTS & CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FOR KIDS
Whether in school or after school, fine arts, music, and theater are an essential part of children’s education. Academics are important, but the arts help make a “whole child” and not only keep our youth occupied, engaged, and enriched but adds to our communities and to opportunity as a whole. This is especially important in low-income communities or for women, LGBTQ people, and communities of color. Investing in arts programming is some of the smartest money we as a city can spend.
Programs like the All Teen Summer Musical (which recently performed Uncle Willy’s Chocolate Factory) provide opportunities for marginalized communities to participate in the arts and I will fight for funding for programs like this.
Similarly, Creative Advantage—currently funded by Office of Arts & Culture—helps create equitable access to arts and music education for youth. It’s a program I will fight to preserve and expand on City Council.
Our arts and culture events are an essential part of our city’s livability. While the cost of living in Seattle is more expensive, it is also more expensive to throw events. Special event fees and requirements for police and fire support should be subsidized by the city. Full cost recovery should not be required for events, especially for smaller community activations. Special events contribute to the economy and to the quality of life for Seattleites, so it is in all our best interest that we continue to support their essential contributions to Seattle.
NEURODIVERSE PEOPLE NEED ARTS AND CULTURE TOO
Whenever public funding is being used for 25% or more of an arts and cultural project, let’s require producers to include neurodiverse accommodation that has activations with; fewer people, less sound, appropriate lighting, and avoids triggers like flashing lights or loud pops.
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