Paula Schnepp's Response to the Arts & Culture Questionnaire

Arts and Culture in Your District
Cape Cod is blessed with a rich mix of arts & cultural organizations. Please name two places within the seven villages where you have had personally significant arts and cultural experiences.

Cotuit Center for the Arts: audience member for many wonderful plays (including my son’s performance in the World Premiere of Lines in the Sand) and musical concerts;  cast as Aunt Eller in CCftA’s production of Oklahoma; one of 150 artists in latest Piece by Piece installation.

Barnstable Performing Arts Center (High School): regular concert-goer of the Cape Symphony, also have attended many performances by the high school theater program.

Arts Education and Programs for our Youth
Creativity and innovation are vital skills in a student’s education and in workforce development in our 21st century economy. How will you champion arts education?

To the extent possible as a Town Councilor, I would ensure that the budget amount approved for the Barnstable School district includes sufficient funding for arts education, K-12.

Economic Development
There are countless vacant buildings and storefronts from Falmouth to Provincetown, including many on Main Street, Hyannis. It is well established that communities that integrate the arts have a positive impact attracting visitors, jobs, spending, and identity. What incentive might you use to entice landlords and/or businesses to partner up with our local artists to bring new life to vacant main street buildings?

Make CDBG funds available to landlords willing to renovate and lease space to artists.

Nonprofit art and cultural organizations support more than 45,000 jobs, spend $2.1 billion annually, and generate another $2.5 billion of economic activity. How will the legislature foster an environment that supports the creative community and tourism across the Commonwealth, and particularly in Barnstable?

Provide more money to support the arts!

Addressing Cape Cod’s Socioeconomic Issues
Cape Cod faces many economic and social issues, among them homelessness, addiction, and limited services for both youth and seniors. Can you provide examples on how you would integrate the arts, culture, and creative community in solving Barnstable’s social and economic challenges?

Convert some of (or add to) the existing Hyannis Harbor shanties into workshops that bring together youth with local artists to create art across different mediums.  

 

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