Position Seeking: City Council
Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up and its impact on you.
My most meaningful experience has to be helping create and execute the Art from the Ashes art exhibit while I was on the Glendale Parks and Open Space Foundation.
Local artists visited the burned out hills above Glendale after the Station Fire in 2010 to collect artifacts that had been hidden for years by the brush. Each artist then created an art piece (or pieces) that were then sold at an exhibit. The proceeds collected from the sale were split with the artist and the foundation.
Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in developing and supporting the region’s arts and cultural infrastructure?
The city council should be doing everything in its power to attract events that provide a venue for the arts. I feel the city has already done a good job supporting the Alex Theater/Glendale Arts and the Arts & Culture Commission. I would like to see more joint marketing efforts with the arts groups and the city to create bigger promotions and events.
Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in advancing that vision?
With Glendale’s proximity to Hollywood, plus Glendale residents Dream Works, Disney and ABC, we have the ability to attract big names and groups. Here is where I think the city could do more. We are surrounded by so many talented artists; we should take more advantage of that and give them opportunities to show their work. Plus, art is being left out of schools; the city can act as a liaison to bring more art and artists to our schools.
Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 6 jobs in LA County supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. If elected, how will you aim to ensure the continued vitality and growth of the creative economy and the artistic community that it supports?
To me, it is simple. Art is good for business and the community. Events featuring artists of all varieties attract visitors to Glendale. People that enjoy art are always good for business.