Bella Cristobal

City: Walnut City
Position Seeking: Councilmember

Question 1: Please share the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up.

Growing up in the Philippines art and cultural events aren’t as many as there is now I’m fascinated with almost any form of art may it be painting, performances, dancing, choreography, designs or crafts My exposure was more on cultural shows folk dancing in particular where I participated in various presentations in schools and other events and venues We learned not only our country’s folk dancing but also those from other countries. I developed the love of performances as a child which I carried with me as an adult. I made dancing and choreographing as my hobby.

Question 2: What do you think should be the role of City Council in the development and support of the region’s arts and cultural infrastructure?

The City Council should consider a program that will promote the development of project in arts and culture. Have a dialogue with existing organizations to determine how to incorporate such activities that are beneficial to the community.

Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in achieving that vision?

I look forward to a City that has a well defined art and cultural program. An organization with programs centered on students, helping develop their minds and cultivate their talents in arts and culture that will lead to higher learning. To celebrate this type of development, an annual arts and cultural show or festival should be considered in the future.

Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 7 jobs in LA County is supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. What strategies, if any, would you pursue to enhance the region’s creative economy (i.e. cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit organizations)?

Partnering with the arts and culture sector will help develop and enhance the economy. People can pursue their artistic expression when there’s the opportunity, the exposure , the availability of organization/s or programs that will help and guide those with interests and talent. This is aimed to obtain jobs which in turn will enhance the creative economy.