Two of the four candidates for mayor of Saint Paul de Vence responded to our questions about the arts, development, the environment, and local hero James Baldwin. Municipal elections begin March 15.
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Maison Baldwin: As a nonprofit association dedicated to using the arts to celebrate James Baldwin's life in St. Paul de Vence, we are interested in your plans for advancing the creation of art and literature. What specific measures will you take not only to develop local artists and writers, but to support and attract those from around the world? How will you make the place that so inspired James Baldwin more accessible to others like him?
Camilla: Our cultural strategy involves highlighting the intangible and cultural heritage of Saint-Paul. We have focused on literature, cinema, music and the visual arts and we wish to strengthen our actions on cultural projects in these four areas.
For literature, we will: develop meetings with “baby readers” to raise awareness of literature from an early age; develop a participatory “Reader's Café night of reading;” and promote access to reading at the media library. The aim of these programs is to arouse the desire and share the pleasure of reading.
We want to clearly identify the Clos de Tantine as artist residences, managed by City Hall, available for community projects. After its renovation, we want to expand its availability and offer calls for residencies.
We will develop cultural events and, above all, support the emergence of new major projects in partnership with cultural associations. We are committed to supporting the symposium organized by the Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin. And we will remain attentive to nurturing, supporting and collaborating on cultural projects through our system of participatory commissions.
Faure: Saint-Paul has always been a cultural breeding ground. This pool unfortunately tends to run out of steam and Saint-Paul becomes more a place of cultural trade than of cultural creation. We think that to preserve the future of our community it is very important to focus on cultural intellectual exchange and not just on the commercialization of art.
Our cultural program is based on two major axes. The first is the development of a set of international-level cultural events. These will not be in large in number but will be of high quality and will mark and strengthen the international place of cultural creation t