City: Agoura Hills City
Position Seeking: Councilmember
Question 1: Please share the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up.
Participating in the Agoura High School Marching Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble as well as the amazing theater arts programs. I was president of the Thespian Club my senior year of high school and we presented a program at the Renaissance Faire and in local elementary schools. My musical claim to fame was appearing on the same bill as Sarah Vaughn and David Gates at a local school fundraising event.
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?
Agoura Hills just opened its new Recreation Center and can now launch more programs in the arts and culture through our Cultural Arts Council and its 91301.org programs. Our City Council should support and foster such programs for our residents.
Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in achieving that vision?
Agoura Hills enjoys a small town feel with a vibrant cultural arts scene that is drawn from the community of artists in our midst. My vision is to expand the scope of programs that are offered through our Cultural Arts Council, both to enrich our residents, particularly our young people, as well as to support our local artists.
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)?
Enhancement and expansion of cultural arts programs in the City of Agoura Hills supports both local tourism as well as regional cultural tourism. I am honored to have the endorsements of some of our amazing local artists, as well as members of our Cultural Arts Council and look forward to working with them on new and exciting programs after I am elected. You can view my complete list of endorsements at www.northrup2015.com