Election 2014: Forum fosters cultural debate

City of Vernon: Art Gallery hosts forum Nov. 6 for Vernon candidates

  • Oct. 24, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Culture will be on the agenda during an all-candidates forum in Vernon.

The Vernon Public Art Gallery will host a forum Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. for candidates for Vernon mayor and councillor.

“The adequacy of political support for culture has been and continues to be a live issue in Vernon and the surrounding areas,” said Andrew Powell, art gallery president.

“Although much of the conversation has focussed on the need for facilities such as an art gallery, there is a list of organizations, including the museum for instance, who have pointed out vocally and repeatedly that the services they provide are stunted because of their inadequate infrastructure or operational support.”

Other arts and culture organizations are urged to participate in the forum.

“We ask that they contact us in advance to make arrangements,” said Dauna Kennedy-Grant, VPAG executive director.

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Home Builders Association will host an evening with the candidates Nov. 4 at Predator Ridge Resort.

The event begins with a mix and mingle with the candidates at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the forum at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at  info@vernonchamber.ca or by phone at 250-545-0771


And at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre, there will be a forum for Vernon council candidates Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and for Coldstream candidates Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.