Scott Kwong

City: San Marino City
Position Seeking: Councilmember

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

Going to different countries with an open mind was definitely an experience for me when it came to learning about other cultures. The experience is difficult to put into words, but there is something about diving into a completely new environment different with food, language, and societal norms that makes me open to different ways of life. I have learned how to stop, take a breath, and live in the moment. I have also learned to value experience over material. Lastly, I learned that things do not always go as expected and so I just got to roll with it.

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?

Culture and society is always changing and San Marino is a very distinct community with both long time residents and new residents. We choose to live in San Marino because of its community and its schools. So we got a mix of culture in San Marino. I would like to see our students from our schools to do an art competition where the creation is left open to the student. They can paint, draw, chalk, construct, mold, etc. Completely open with no instructions and no limits to stop their mind.

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

San Marino will continue to be a distinct community with modernized houses of similar size. I do not see San Marino with mansion sized houses everywhere. Instead, I see San Marino almost futuristic where technology plays a major role in the house. Houses will look more modern with some modern art sculpture in the front yard. Automated window tints, smart fire alarms, keyless entry, an abstract modern art paintings in the living room, and almost everything is touch based at home such as the dining table that recognizes what is placed on the table.

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)?

Going back to question 2, our recreation center, schools, and arguably a portion of city hall will have some of the arts displayed created by our students. Because we pride ourselves in our school system and so we should show it off to the world. I don’t consider myself an art person, but I can imagine that this no-rule art would allow different type of thinking and creativity to come out of these students.