Policy in Brief
Edmonton is an unusually good place to launch a new artistic idea. Our theatre, music, and visual arts scenes have a uniquely experimental, entrepreneurial energy. But living here, as an artist, has to be affordable. In the next four years, we can work harder to help artists and arts organizations find live/work, rehearsal, and performance space. We can create more opportunities for our arts and businesses communities to mix and share ideas. We can work harder to support aboriginal artists and arts organizations.
What we’ll do in the short term
The mayor and council need to recommit to The Art of Living plan and begin discussions to change our zoning bylaw to make it easier to create new performance and studio space. The mayor must be prepared to use to the influence of his or her office to find new ways to connect our business and arts communities, and to start a comprehensive discussion about how we support aboriginal art in our city.
Where we need to be a generation from now
Edmonton should be known as the best city on the continent for artists of any medium or background to launch a new idea. Art in Edmonton should be integral to everything the city does.