Here are several strategies I’m planning to help build, support, and export our local art and entertainment with a focus on creating sustainable industries:
Edmonton is the festival capital of Canada and our theatrical and musical performers are second to none. The City of Edmonton will look to expand our festivals and drive national tourism to Edmonton through low-cost online advertising and digital engagement strategies.
Digitizing the Art Gallery of Alberta Catalogue
By digitizing the collection at the Art Gallery of Alberta, we will be able to sell more of our pieces to international clientele and support my mission for exportable art.
Public Library of Canada Publishing House
The City of Edmonton will seek partnerships with other public libraries across Canada and be home to a new publishing house, which will seek to contract with authors and illustrators to provide exclusive content and literary works for local libraries which can then be exported around the world.
Music Clearing House
At the CKUA Cultural Economic Zone, we will help CKUA’s ongoing work to establish a music clearing house for musicians and performers to produce cultural IP and export/broadcast this IP through current on-demand models.
Lounges & Local Music
We need to reward bars and lounges for supporting our local arts community. By creating a strong music circuit that financially supports local performers, we will increase opportunities for these performers to expand their profiles nationally and internationally.
Working with the AGLC, I will advocate for increased operating hours for bars, pubs, and lounges that have live music at their venue. These venues will be able to operate until 3:30 a.m. to provide greater capacity for musicians to perform.