Councillor: Krysta Glovasky-Ridsdale
Ward: Ward 1
What opportunities do you believe Windsor-Essex has to grow our art, culture and heritage sector?
I would like to open possibilities for installations and galleries in Ward 1.
How do you propose to attract or retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
By adding Art installations and creating Cultural hubs across Windsor
What role do you see for arts and culture in the promotion of the region both as a destination for tourists and as a place of permanent residence for youth, families, and retirees?
Sports tourism can only bring us so far by getting people to come here for a single event. We need to offer more in the way of Arts and Culture to entice people to RETURN! I would like to see a partnership between the green spaces in Windsor and cultural resources, as well as art installations across the Ward.
In what other ways could you use your position as an elected official to help support the arts, culture and heritage sector outside of using municipal funding?
By promoting regular community events that bring the public together to experience Art and Cultural programming! Ward 1 has districting opportunities that would help the heritage sector and have not yet been explored.
What is your perspective on the best ways to collaborate with other levels of government to ensure sustainability and growth for the cultural sector of our community?
“Collaboration” is the key point here. My vision would include opportunities for all branches to work together rather than compete. One of my platform planks is bolstering small businesses which fits perfectly right in here. If an artist could make a living with their craft, they could carry on initiatives after grants or funding have run out or are no longer available. We get the ball rolling and work to enhance the chance it can keep rolling on it’s own.
How do you personally engage with arts, culture and heritage in Windsor-Essex?
This varies depending on the year and the season!