Re: KTW’s front-page story of April 10, regarding a proposal to have street performers buy licences (‘Pay to play in Kamloops?’):
Instead of arguing about who can be a busker, how long they can busk and who controls them, we should be using our time, brainpower and energy toward developing our cultural resources and cultural landscape.
Here is one way to consider that — an alternative vision for Kamloops’ cultural future.
Consider an access culture network, where culture is accessible to everyone, every day in Kamloops.
Thanks to the city’s access culture network, consisting of a network of municipal performances and exhibition halls, all citizens can enjoy an array of cultural outings.
This network would include municipal venues that present free or inexpensive cultural activities in some 10 locations throughout the city.
In addition to a broad range of programming, the access culture network would offer artist residencies, cultural mediation, mentoring activities and events of interest to the general public, seniors, families (young audiences), people with disabilities and school groups.
The mission of the access culture network would be to make culture accessible to everyone based on principles of democracy and fairness and to encourage Kamloopsians to take part in the cultural life of their neighbourhoods.