2017 Municipal Candidate Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance Survey Results
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Note: All candidates who scored 100% are endorsed by Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance. They are also highlighted in yellow. More information:
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1. Candidate Name2. Your Municipality3. Elected office you are running for:4. Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?Score5. Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life?6. Optional, explain your experience.7. Do you support public funding for city and county arts councils who then re-grant that money to local arts and humanities organizations?Score8. Optional, explain why or why not.9. Do you support Percent for Art programs, which designate 1% of public building costs for public art that are included within that building? Currently, only 8 Utah municipalities have such a program.Score10. Optional, explain why or why not.11. Do you support having a Percent-for-Art program in your own municipality?Score12. Optional, explain why or why not.13. Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?Score14. Optional, explain why or why not.15. 32 municipalities have a RAP (recreation, arts and parks) type tax to help support cultural organizations in their communities. Would you support your a RAP type tax such as this in your own municipality? If your municipality already has such a local option sales RAP-type sales tax and you support it, answer yes.Score16. Optional, explain why or why not.17. Municipalities can facilitate partnership between cultural organizations and the local tourism sector to boost the local economy. Do you support this?Score18. Optional, explain why or why not.19. Municipal governments can create Cultural Districts - with or without tax incentives. Governments sometimes fund these via bed or tourism taxes within the Cultural District boundaries, but it can be done within municipal budgets fairly cheaply. Is this something you would support?Score20. Optional, explain why or why not.totalpercentagegrade
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James RogersSalt lake cityCity CouncilYes1Yes
Arts, culture and humanities have helped shape who I am today. I grew up in a home with a concert pianist and a family who has collected and appreciated Utah art. I believe everyone should have these opportunities to broaden their minds and learn to appreciate the talent, discipline and dedication that it takes to create such experiences through the arts.
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Without it salt lake would not have some of the great public pieces that you see. I'm all in!
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Mason Don MilliganBountifulCity CouncilYes1YesYes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Robert L. StottsClearfield CityCity CouncilYes1NoYes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Robert EberhardClinton CityCity Council at-largeYes1Yes
Like most kids, I was involved in band in high school. While I didn't pursue music beyond that, my eight years of playing an instrument provided me with an appreciation for arts, especially those that are publicly funded. It made me a better student to be involved with music, which has helped me in many aspects of my life.
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Some artists simply don't have the resources to "do art" without assistance. Public funding of art and culture is a public good that increases all aspects of living in a city. People have more things to do that are generally positive for the citizens that care, and it also allows people to be involved beyond simply paying taxes.
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Any art project of scale works better if it is supported by the community, even if it is a temporary mural that is repainted yearly as a summer activity for the youth in a community. It's money that isn't really missed from a municipal budget and has far more public impact than some other similar budget items of that size.
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Mike PetersonCottonwood HeightsMayorYes1Yes
Past Chair of ZAP (Zoo, Arts and Parks) and strong supporter of our Cottonwood Heights Arts Council.
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I appreciate the opportunity to support a quality of life that includes this mechanism. It allows for greater creativity and expansion of talents often otherwise overlooked.
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I was indirectly involved and supported Gary Swensen who guided the selection process that put the permanent art displays in the County Building. I believe this is one of the best collections of art in any government building in the State. I would love to see the same in other public buildings.
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I've seen its value when I was associated with Salt Lake County. The County Building is a great example of what all public buildings should do when it comes to owning and displaying the many art disciplines.
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It's simply a cornerstone of any healthy and vibrant community.
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Absolutely support and was the immediate past chairman of the County ZAP Advisory Board.
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Partnerships and collaborations are the best way to get the best "bang for our buck". Working together with the private sector governments can provide a much greater diversity of arts opportunities.
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Definitely something that should be explored.
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Jonathan VailEagle MountainMayorYes1YesYes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Alan PetersonKearnsCouncilmanYes1YesYes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Dustin SweetenLindon CityCity Council 2yr SeatYes1Yes
Attended college on a Theater scholarship and have participated in community theater for many years.
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Lindon City currently use a portion its PARQ tax for just that purpose
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Would need to know more about the program but support the concept
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Once again, I support the concept but would need to study how the program would work
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Daril MaglebyLindon CityCity CouncilYes1Yes
Participated as an actor in many high school play performances.
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Keith SchnareLogan CityCity CouncilYes1Yes
Attending stage plays and musicals in Chicago when I was in High School and College
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Public funding gets things started which draws private contributions
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Art in public buildings make them friendlier and give local artists a place to display their talent to the home audience
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Part of Logan's draw is the summer art and entertainment programs as well as the theater productions throughout the year
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Only in larger cities that have good tourist populations or are large enough to have local citizen support
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A tax fund starts the process for funding cultural programs and encourages matching private funds
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Logan is doing this by designating a portion of the city as a theater district
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Logan is doing this by designating a portion of the city as a theater district which will allow more publicity opportunities
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Richard SteeLogan, Utah
Logan Municipal Council
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Andrea B PersonMidvaleMayorYes1Yes
I was in my high school choir and middle school band. These taught me discipline and hard work.
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People want to connect with others in venues and through the arts, theatre, music, programs. They buy concessions, they purchase tickets, they go to dinner before or dessert after. These are definitely money makers.
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Dustin GettelMidvaleCity CouncilYes1YesYes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Dustin GettelMidvaleCity Council District 5Yes1Yes
I was in our Drama and AV clubs in high school and took an advanced speech class in college. I credit all three of these experiences with exposing me to creativity that helped shape me into the person I am today.
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I think public funding for city arts councils are crucial to creating an open, diverse, and vibrant community.
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I would support such a measure as a member of Midvale City Council.
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I think the arts in general can bring a lot of excitement, business, and foot traffic to cities throughout Utah.
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I would support this tax if it was fiscally possible in Midvale.
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I would like to find a way to offsets these costs, but yes, I support Midvale City Council and the office of the Mayor getting more involved in creating a Cultural District in downtown Midvale.
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Sophia Hawes-Tingey
MidvaleMayorYes1Yes
I have found that in performing art in various forms and assisting others in their projects, it has helped express things in a way that was educational and transformative to those people I shared it with. It helped educate and win over allies for transgender causes and feminist causes. It also transformed me, by giving me a place to express myself, so that I felt empowered to be a change agent. It also gave me many of the skills in connecting with people that I use to expand my advocacy into politics and public service.
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Pass through donations help give organizations the capability to keep their programs alive, while also showing support from the municipal leadership in promoting the arts.
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It makes sense. Art as a form of expression helps emphasize diversity and identity. Art being included in public structures adds to the sense of welcomeness and aesthetics to place, reducing an overall sense of austerity, and fostering a sense of inclusion.
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Midvale has a burgeoning arts community. It is not, however, on display enough.
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The best way to reinvigorate Midvale Main Street is to promote the idea of converting it to an Arts and Cultural district while maintaining the look and feel of the old Main Street, USA charm. To that end, I am supporting the expansion of the Old City Hall into a more definitive Performing Arts Center, encouraging the Utah Film Commission to open a museum on Main Street, and invite alternative cultural dining to open up on Main Street. I would love to see an annual Midvale Main Street Multicultural Arts Festival on Main Street.

I have tested this message with residents of Midvale, and am finding a overwhelmingly positive response.

Thank you for having the opportunity to fill out your survey, and considering me for an endorsement. If there is anything I can do to help the Utah Cultural Alliance, please don't hesitate to ask.
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Doug StephensOgden
Ogden city council Municipal Ward #3.
Yes1Yes
In theOgden city budget we found the arts each year. We also have an Arts Council that over see the arts programs for the city. The Arts are very important to me and the city.
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The Art's assist with quality of life in Ogden. It increases the standards that the city has. Arts are necessary for
our development and growth. Ogden needs the Arts.
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This is how we fund the Arts in Ogden.
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I support to have the Arts funded as a percent-for-Arts. This is how we fund the program in Ogden.
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Very much so. The Arts adds culture and standards for our city.It is a benefit to our citizens.
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We fund some of our Arts RAMP taxes. This is a great source of funding for the arts.
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We do partner our local cultural with tourism to increase interest about our city to those visiting Ogden.
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I support that program.
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Bart BlairOgden CityAt Large Seat BYes1YesYes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Taylor KnuthOgden CityMunicipal Ward 3Yes1Yes
I am an artist. I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre and I am currently in my final year of studies to earn my Master of Arts in Arts Administration.
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Yes, currently Ogden City distributes $65k each year, adding $5k each year and capping at $100. I would propose more aggressive granting funds in Ogden City.
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Yes I do. In fact, Ogden City is in the process of removing this Percent for the Arts, shifting it instead to a line item in the budget. Something that I will fight against.
Yes1See above.Yes1
Serving on many board for the arts, I see the impact that an arts festival, event, or gallery can have. Once a month, a Chamber Music Group performs downtown, bringing ~50 people into the business area. This is an economic driver.
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County taxes that are then distributed to arts and humanities agencies have a proven track record of success, promoting community and economic development. R.A.M.P and Z.A.P are critical funders of arts agencies that I know and love, and every community member would feel a decline in quality of life without these critically funded agencies and projects.
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Visit Ogden has a great partnership with our local arts agencies, going as far as helping to develop our new Creative District. Partnership promote success.
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I currently serve on Ogden's Creative District Initiative. This is a project that I support 100% WITH government funds.
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Mattathias Greewood
OremCity Council (at-large)Yes1Yes
My parents emphasized the importance of arts and humanities by making regular family outings to art museums, concerts, plays, and other cultural events a key part of family time, and by filling the house with books on all sorts of subjects. I feel deeply blessed by my participation in arts and humanities and feel that they are the core of what draws communities together.
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Arts are a cornerstone of the community. They bring people together, help us think, help us find happiness and express who we are.
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The economic impact of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival clearly demonstrates the economic value of the arts in Utah County, not to mention the benefit to quality of life and community well being.
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Orem has the CARE tax, which is for recreation and cultural arts in the City of Orem, and which has done a great deal of good for the community.
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Again, the TSF is a powerful example of what can happen when a city and arts organization work together promoting tourism. Losing the Festival is a loss for the community economically and culturally, and I hope to work to find other ways to promote the city through the arts.
Yes18100%A+
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Andy BeermanPark CityMAyorYes1Yes
Photography is my hobby and passion.
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Yes, but in our case its arts and recreation.
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yes, we give 1%
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Already have one: 1% of all public projects
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Yes, absolutely. In Park City, we just reached a deal where the City will partner with Sundance and the Kimball Art Center to purchase a 5.5 acres piece of land in the center of town and redevelop it into an Arts & Culture district.
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In motion. Using TRT.
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David SewellProvo
City Council — Citywide
Yes1Yes
Singing in ward choir is a favorite for me. Was instrumental as a Council member in bringing the Messiah Sing Along/Play Along back to Provo. Season tickets for BYU plays. Scera Outdoor performances when kids were younger. Frequent attender of Covey Center performances. Attend LDS Film Festival every year. Frequent movie goer with wife on date night. Appreciate museums and art galleries.
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Yes, in concept. Provo has just barely re-organized its Arts Council which had been dormant for years. I encouraged the Mayor to get that going again.
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I am putting No for now because this is a new concept for me and I would have to study it further. On the surface, it seems reasonable so it is possible I could be persuaded to support it.
No0
Not something I have studied yet.
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Yes, though I think it primarily as a quality of life driver, there is also an economic component to having a healthy arts and cultural sector.
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Yes, Provo recently passed a RAP tax and I supported it. The Administration's original proposal earmarked something like 4% of that for arts. I argued strongly for increasing that - which ended up happening. I think we got it up to something like 15% if memory serves me correctly.
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In general, definitely yes. However, I did not support bringing a particular film festival to the Covey Center that would have included showing movies that would not meet community standards for being family friendly.
No0
No for now until I learn more about it. Our community is extremely conservative fiscally. I do think the community would support additional expenditures for the arts - if done carefully and incrementally. A big shift toward a model from a more liberal area would likely not be well received here.
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Hunter PhillipsProvo
City Council — Citywide
Yes1Yes
I'm a filmmaker by trade, and the arts have had an impact on my life from an extremely young age. I benefitted from community theater and music classes as a child, and I continued my arts education in high school and college. Since then, I've been an outspoken advocate for government funding of the arts — as a person from rural America, federal funding was an absolute necessity, and for that I'm grateful.
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I'm not currently aware if Provo is one of those 8 municipalities, but if it is not, this is the kind of program I'd readily support.
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Absolutely — we've got a local culture that's particularly artistically-minded, especially when it comes to children and teens. I'd love to see that emphasis broadened and extended to adult education, which hopefully would spur an economy with an even stronger arts sector. I believe fans and practitioners of a craft are its best patrons, so education seems like the best first step.
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Provo does have a RAP tax which has been utilized for parks and rec, but less so for arts. I'd like to see that spending pushed more towards the arts.
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Provo's downtown already operates as a de facto cultural district — I'd love to see that made official.
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Tish burokerRiverCity CouncilYes1Yes
I have been a season ticket holder to the Utah symphony for 20 years. I attend free concerts at the viridian.
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Arts and humanities enhance the quality of life in a community
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Abe SmithSalt Lake CityCity Council District 7Yes1Yes
In every city I've been in, arts, especially outdoor arts, have been places of inspiration, defined neighborhoods, and been anchors of experience...when I lived in Washington DC, of course the monuments downtown were places of inspiration and anchors of experience...especially in the days before cell phone ubiquity, we would always get to gather as a group by saying - "we'll meet at the Lincoln Monument" or "I'll see you just next to the tulip library". I will definitely bring those positive experiences with arts and culture onto the City Council with me.
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It is evident that the arts and cultural sector is an economic driver in Utah. The recent Downtown Alliance report underscores that. I look forward to seeing what ways we can help make the arts and culture sector an economic driver in Sugar House.
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One of the benefits I see, is that when you are able to concentrate some types of cultural facilities in a Cultural District, it makes it easy for residents to have multiple experiences in one place.
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Benjamin Noah Rosenberg
Salt Lake CityCity Council District 5Yes1Yes
As the son of an elementary school art teacher, I have been steeped in art, culture, and the humanities from a young age. As a result of that exposure, I majored in history at the University of Utah with a minor in classical civilizations. I can confidently say that without these experiences, I would not be running for City Council. At the same time, I know that my experiences are not possible for every student. With fewer music and art classes in our elementary, middle, and high schools as well as falling funding for the humanities in our universities, many students will not get the same level of exposure to the arts as I had. While the City Council doesn't have direct control over funding for these programs, we can supplement them by maintaining a robust network of public art programs like our Arts Festival and the Twilight Concert Series. I am committed to expanding these programs as well as crafting new ones.
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While I think that public support for the arts is vital, I never want a decision about funding to be made because of political concerns. By placing funds in the hands of independent organizations like these, we can avoid art devolving into a political slap fight in the sandbox.
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Salt Lake City has one of longest running percent for art programs, and it has had a huge impact. Our buildings are graced with magnificent works. I support the continuation of this vital program. I look forward to seeing the art selected for our new airport expansion.
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While Salt Lake City already has a percent for art program, I am happy to support its continuation.
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Of course art and culture is an economic driver in Utah. One need look no further than our host of community events: the Red Butte Concert Series, the Twilight Concert Series, the summer Arts Festival, the many community street festivals and farmers markets, and the brand new Eccles Theater. All of these events are vital economic activities and all of them incorporate art and culture.
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While Salt Lake County has the incredibly successful Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) Tax, Salt Lake City doesn't yet have a dedicated RAP tax. I think that this idea has a lot of merit, and I look forward to supporting any initiative to create such a tax for the city of Salt Lake.
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I think that cooperation between our local arts and culture organizations and our tourism industry is clearly a win-win. By crafting deep partnerships between these two major sectors of our economy, we can ensure that both thrive.
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I think that although Salt lake has a vibrant arts center downtown, I think that one area where we can improve is the creation of an arts production center. Such a district would be of great benefit to our city, as well as provide an excellent variety of art to be placed in our public buildings through our percent for art program.
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Brian FukushimaSalt Lake CityCity Council District 3Yes1Yes
I am a strong advocate for arts and the humanities with an emphasis on the diverse cultures and immigrant groups who have contributed to the social fabric of our state. As a member of the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple, I am proud of our contribution to the city including the Nihon Matsuri (spring Japanese festival), Fall food festival, and Obon Festival (summer festival held in rememberance of our ancestors).
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Public funding for the arts and humanities is an integral part of our society. Local arts and humanities organizations help our community and add diversity to our understanding of elements that are not often discussed or taught through formal educational endeavors.
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Public art spaces are wonderful. Often, local artists or amateur artists (through schools or local art programs) may wish to display their work free of charge. This relationship would benefit the community and the artist and be of low or no cost to the building owner.
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As mentioned above, the Percent for Art Program is a worthy project and should be included in our municipality. However, there are other options for public display of art other than a financial mandate such that the artist, community and building owner may all benefit.
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I love living in Utah because of all the cultural and art festivals and activities. As a family, we try to attend as many as possible and I clearly see the local economic benefit. The recognition of our city and state as friendly to art and the humanities will only broaden our economic appeal.
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Again, I am a supporter of municipal funding for local art programs since so many members of the local community benefit from such programs.
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Public (government) and private partnerships have been shown on multiple occasions to provide both a cultural and economic boost to the community. Salt Lake City and Utah is already a tourist destination and the strong support for arts and humanities would only enhance that reputation.
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Cultral districts work well in multiple cosmopolitan cities in the United States and abroad. I am in favor of looking at all funding options including tourism taxes.
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Chris WhartonSalt Lake CityCity Council District 3Yes1Yes
As a child, I benefited greatly from being exposed to different types of art in Utah public schools including visual arts, music, and theatre. Those programs expanded my worldview and helped shape me as a person. I have a humanities undergraduate degree that has been a cornerstone of my academic and professional career. I can think of countless personal experiences with arts, culture, and humanities that continue to impact my daily life.
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I believe funding local arts organizations and community art projects is crucial to maintaining a vibrant and thriving city. Through their sponsorships, the Salt Lake City Arts Council has helped make Salt Lake City an
arts and cultural hub for the state and the region.
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Yes, public art is as essential to public buildings and open public spaces.
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The arts and cultural sector is a significant economic driver in Utah, particularly in Salt Lake City. Studies show that Utahns consistently support arts organizations and cultural events at higher rates compared to other states. The arts and cultural scene in Salt Lake City is particularly important because our capital city is not only the center of government and commerce, but it is also an artistic and cultural center of the state. Reports done by the Downtown Alliance consistently show that people from all over the state come to Salt Lake City for arts and cultural experiences that are not available in other parts of the state.
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A huge part of Utah’s economy is dependent on tourism and hospitality. I strongly believe that arts and culture are inextricably linked to the success of those industries.
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Yes, I have looked into proposals to create a cultural core in Salt Lake City similar to those in Denver, San Diego, and Long Beach. Those projects have been extremely successful for those cities and there is no reason why we should not have the same type of vibrant and diverse area right here in Salt Lake City.
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Erin MendenhallSalt Lake CityCity Council District 5Yes1Yes
YouthCity art programming for youth were classes I could afford to take my young child to when resources were tight. We made art together that I still cherish and created friendships that both my son and I still maintain.
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Ballet West's work with local elementary school students is one such program that empowers our kids to try new things, get comfortable with being challenged, and work together. I tear up when I see their end of year performance at West High.
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But 1% isn't usually enough. I would support a policy discussion to increase this amount.
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Absolutely. Particularly in Salt Lake City, we have both incredible local art opportunities like The Leonardo, Gallery Stroll, Poor Yorick Studio and Singing Cricket, but large-scale arts anchors like Eccles Theater, PTC, Abravenal Hall and other attractions that bring people together from all over the state and region.
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I am proud that our Mayor has brought Arts and Culture in to the Department of Economic Development and I support use of our city's general fund and RDA monies to advance arts and culture in projects throughout the city.
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I would like to learn more about your organization's thoughts on where and how this could be expanded in SLC.
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Laura CushmanSalt Lake CityCity Council District 3Yes1Yes
My mother was an Art History major and worked in local galleries when I was growing up. Any day off of school when I was growing up was spent at an art museum in Chicago. When I would protest in favor of going to a park or the zoo, my mom would always respond with, "Do you know how lucky you are to live so close to so many wonderful museums?!" As a child, I did not, but now, as an adult and parent to 3 young children, I am so grateful that my mom shared her passion with me and that I can now share it with my family. I believe all children should be exposed to arts, culture and humanities, and access to these items should not be a barrier for any individual.
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As mentioned above, I believe all individuals who want to engage in arts programming should be able to do so and public funding can help with access for both artists and art enthusiasts. Additionally, funding helps support outreach programs that can impact people who have had no previous interaction with art/culture/humanities and turn them into lifelong patrons and supporters.
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Access to art and different art mediums displayed throughout a city is one of the best ways for residents to interact with their surroundings. I love that viewing and appreciating art does not need to cost money and public displays are great for community engagement. Public art can serve as landmarks, whimsical discoveries, memorials to
history, identifiers for a neighborhood or a public building (like a library), and conversation starters.
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Yes! Access to art and different art mediums displayed throughout a city is one of the best ways for residents to interact with their surroundings. I love that viewing and appreciating art does not need to cost money and public displays are great for community engagement. Public art can serve as landmarks, whimsical discoveries, memorials to history, identifiers for a neighborhood or a public building (like a library), and conversation starters. I would love to see more art initiatives that seep into the residential areas of the city as well.
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In Utah, I really appreciate that our residents support and invest in the humanities, and the joy these programs bring is apparent in the dialogue you overhear amongst residents. The strength of our arts programming is 2-fold; first, in the enjoyment of our offerings, and second in their economic impact. Arts and culture programs contribute in so many ways, and the economic impact is significant. Salt Lake City has just participated in a nationwide study (conducted by the Salt Lake City Arts Council in partnership with Americans for the Arts) of the impact of the arts on the local economy and the numbers are strong. Diverse arts programming in our city is heavily supported by residents AND it is a major drive for tourism. This results in revenue that supports our city and will lead to further commitment to future offerings.
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We are fortunate in Salt Lake County to have a well-managed, extensive arts and culture grants program, made feasible by Salt Lake County voters when they reauthorized the Zoo, Arts and Parks program for the third time with more than two thirds of the voters in support. The ZAP program gives grants to a wide range of arts and culture nonprofits, with budgets large and small, serving Salt Lake City residents of all ages and backgrounds.
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There are many cultural tourism partnerships across the country and we can work to develop even more creative connections between the tourism sector and the arts and culture industry. Two of the major reasons why people travel to Utah is for the excellent outdoor experiences and for the diverse cultural experiences we offer. It is in the best interest of our people and our city to continue to invest n cultural offerings and promote them via the local tourism sector.
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Cultural districts can introduce a vibrancy into a city, and encourage residents to explore areas of a city, they may otherwise not visit. For this reason, I am in favor of such initiatives. There are some very successful cultural districts we can look at as models, for example, in the nearby state of Colorado. Some towns in Utah are moving toward cultural districts as well. Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County have partnered, with ongoing funding, to establish the “Cultural Core” in downtown Salt Lake, which will be announced and launched in the near future. The Cultural Core recognizes that downtown Salt Lake offers a wide range of experiences, something for everyone, and serves as the city, county and regional center for arts and culture. I look forward to watching this this project unfold!
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Phil CarrollSalt Lake CityCity Council District 3Yes1Yes
Utah Symphony etc. etc.
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Makes our city more beautiful and interesting
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Make our city a more desirable place to visit
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I don't know a lot about but seems reasonable
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Samantha FinchSalt Lake City
Salt Lake City Council District 7
Yes1Yes
I love public broadcasting, especially NPR.
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Amy FowlerSalt Lake CityCity Council District 7Yes1Yes
My partner and some of my best friends work for the Utah Arts Festival. I have had the opportunity to volunteer with them for the past six years. Through those six years, I have become friends with several artists and introduced my niece to the joys of arts. Every year it's like having a family reunion in our city!
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Arts councils are generally more in touch with the needs of local artists. I would support giving council's money that they then use to support local artists.
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Zach RobinsonSandy CityCity Council At-LargeYes1Yes
Both of my young daughters are heavily involved with dance. They attend dance classes at a local, small dance studio in Sandy City. Arts are a big part of our lives, and will continue to be a part of our life for as long as my children want to participate. In addition to attending Dance classes, our family enjoys going to the local community arts guild productions that take place in our community.
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This could be a wonderful way to form partnerships with local arts organizations. This could not only help the quality of life in our community, but also allow for the city to assist with some of the work of putting on a community play or production.
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With the Hale Center theater coming to Sandy City, the arts are going to be a large part of our community development projects. Current city leaders have worked hard to create an atmosphere that is supportive of the arts in the south end of the valley.
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Tourism is a big part of our economy. People come to stay in Sandy so they can ski, having a strong arts program would complement that nicely.
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Rich CunninghamSo Jordan MayorMayorYes1YesYes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Patrick RiskSouth JordanCity Council District 3Yes1Yes
I was in choir in High School and I loved every minute of it! It has instilled a passion for singing in me, and a desire to see others have the same opportunity I had to learn and grow.
Yes1
As long as the money is accounted for, and those who receive the funding our held accountable to expend the monies in the most efficient and effective way possible, I am very supportive of supporting/subsidizing local arts programs.
Yes1
I believe we need to re-envision what "centers" are in our communities - especially as the old definition of "centers" as shopping destinations is transformed with more online sales and less brick and mortar shops. Our new "centers" should focus on bringing people together for arts, entertainment, worship, etc.
Yes1Yes1
Art and culture have always been core to the values we hold dear in Utah. The Social Hall was one of the first buildings built by the Pioneers. They understood well the power of the Arts in bringing people together, educating children, and promoting economic development.
Yes1Yes1
I think this is key to reduce redundancy and extend the reach of tax payer dollars to achieve the greatest value add for the community and state.
Yes1
This is a great option for "centers" as I described and areas of revitalization need (such as downtown areas).
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Adam ThompsonSouth Salt LakeCity Council District 3Yes1Yes
Live music is very important to me, my family, and my friends.
Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Sharla BeverlySouth Salt LakeCity Council District 3Yes1Yes
I have played the violin and piano since the age of 5, minoring in music while attending Utah State University. I've used the arts to enrich my students' lives as a public school teacher for the past 20 years partnering for many years with Utah Festival Opera.
Yes1
Yes as long as they are non-profit groups that are enriching the lives of my residents.
Yes1
I am currently on the SSL city council and have never heard of this program. I would love more information. As an educator, I've seen a decreased focus on the arts. This is a disturbing trend and I'm willing to look at any funding sources to reverse this trend.
Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1
We have partnered with the SSL Arts Alliance/Utah Arts Alliance and are currently exploring other partnerships.
Yes1
I would like to see a music venue in our Commonwealth District.
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Aaron FrostSouth Salt LakeCity Council at-largeYes1Yes
I was in choir and drama and it kept me out of trouble and shaped me the guy I am today
Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Steve LeifsonSpanish Fork, UTMayorYes1Yes
My Mother took us as kids to plays and musicals at BYU. I have a love of the Arts.
Yes1
I am the Mayor and we fund the Arts in our City. It is a big part of our quality life here in Spanish Fork.
Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1
We are looking to put that on the ballot next.
Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Craig L JensenSpringvilleCity Council at-largeYes1Yes
I'm a Springville boy, and have spent many hours in our Awesome Museum of Art and attending the City's Folkfest festival :)
Yes1Yes1
I would need additional information before making a firm stand on such a program, I'm a little concerned about the flat % added to the costs of a building, As I see it... Every developer/builder has a budget for decoration, using a percentage of that budget for "Public Art" is a program I will support.
Yes1
Yes - I would consider a program that supports the arts - I would need more details..
Yes1
Yes - where I live, Springville, the "Art City" is an excellent example
Yes1Yes1
Yes, and its working in our Springville community :)
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John FullerTaylorsvilleCity CouncilYes1YesYes1
This will allow more diversity and a greater reach for the arts
Yes1
This ensures there will be funding
Yes1Yes1
Everyone wants balance in their lives. It is a driving factor in deciding where to move to
Yes1Yes1Yes18100%A+
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Jake FitisemanuWest Valley CityCity Council District 4Yes1Yes
Learning, performing, exhibiting, and teaching various art forms from my ancestral cultures are a core component of my self identity
Yes1
Local organizations are more in tune with community and more apt to identify arts venues, practitioners, etc. that might otherwise be missed at city or county levels
Yes1
Displaying and incorporating public art into architecture and public works reaffirm a sense of community ownership and lend local identity to public buildings
Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1
Local arts make communities unique and "marketable" and tourism can align with these niches
Yes18100%A+
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Ken PrinceWhite CityWater Board TrusteeYes1Yes
As both a past elected official and a private citizen, I have seen the value of raising public dollars to enhance the lives our children as well as adults through the enjoyment of the Arts.
Yes1
Local interests vary from City to City. Those who have the opportunity of knowing the interest of their citizenry make better use of the dollars.
Yes1
This is an essential way for government to be a partner with the Arts.
Yes1
The Arts increase the enjoyment of a community.
Yes1
Having the arts available gives the community more favorability to those seeking to relocate their families.
Yes1
Recreation, arts and Parks add jobs and attract families and businesses.
Yes1
Excellent use of already existing entities.
Yes1
When surplus funds are available, best use would be to sustain the Arts and tourism.
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Dana WilliamsPark CityMayorYes1Yes
Arts-As a singer-songwriter who has played in a band for the past twenty five years I have been honored to participate with dozens of other people whose dedication to their craft has helped create an essential part of the Park City experience. Culture- As someone whose first cause was the civil rights movement, I have been a vocal supporter of the rights of all. The Park City community is close to 30% Latino. One of my platforms in this campaign is the responsibility of this community to take a larger stand in support of a humane immigration policy, with immediate amnesty for the hundreds of kids here who had no choice in the matter. Humanities- After fifty five years of being around Park City, from the end of mining to our world class resort economy, I find that I champion the human experience that has made us who we are. The preservation of our history, I think, will always be considered as we plan our future.
Yes1etcYes1
We passed that !!
Yes1Yes1
In 2002 80% of our sales tax revenue came in 100 days in winter. As part of our economic sustainability program we decided to include major arts and cultural events during the summer. Concerts, both touring and local, Sunday Silly Market, letting restaurants expand into Main Street. This has moved the dial to around 60% winter and 40% summer.
Yes1
Administered through Summit County, working well!
Yes1
I think the Sundance Film Festival is our shining example of this
Yes1
I must admit I do not know much about these. I think our whole town might be one!
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Mark C. KindredSouth Salt Lake CityMayorYes1Yes
Violin & piano from an early age. Plays and theatre experiences that have always stayed with me. My family was always involved with the arts.
Yes1Yes1Yes1
Arts help communities thrive. We need to help out where we can and are able.
Yes1
Look at downtown SLC, Sundance and the Utah Shakespeare festival to name a few.
Yes1
Again, arts drive communities.
Yes1Yes18100%A+
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R Scott PhillipsCedar City, UtahCity CouncilYes1Yes
The arts have the power to engage indivuduals to new ideas and ways of thinking about themselves and their surroundings. Art and culture inter-actions can shape cities, regions, states, and countires like nothing else. They are a part of the fabric of who we are as human beings. The arts encourage us to celebrate!
Yes1Yes1Yes1
The percent for the art programs are the best and most direct way to help provide services to all citizens. The local Recreation, Arts, and Parks tax in Cedar City has provided millions of dollars for RAP prgramming and captial imporvments since its inception nearly 10 years ago.
Yes1
I have seen it first hand. Iron Colony recently particpated in Round 5 of the American for the Arts Prosperity Study. It was found that $76M is generated in Iron County each year as a direct result of arts and culture programming. It employs hundreds of people and helps keep taxes lower for all Cedar City residents.
Yes1
Cedar City has one, and I fully support it. I helped to get it passed the first two times that it appeared on the Cedar City ballot.
Yes1
Becasue it works. Both are strong economic drivers in our state, and we should do more to combine them. It is truly a win-win situation.
Yes1
I would support. However, you need to make sure in some of the smaller communities there is enough cultural activity and organizations to create such a district, but I fully support the idea of cultural and historic districts in communities.
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Tim HenneyPark City, UtahCouncilYes1Yes
I have two children, 29 & 27 years of age, who are both extremely creative and artistic. I also believe most everyone has a creative gene in their DNA but it is not always expressed in mainstream or traditional modes we recognize as art.
Yes1
In Park City we have successfully done so through various means including our Summit County and Park City Art Council.
Yes1
We have just such a program in Park City which has been very successful in placing art in public places.
Yes1We have one.Yes1
We see tremendous economic benefit in our town of Park City from Sundance Film Festival, Kimball Art Festival, Park City Institute programming, Concerts at Deer Valley, etc.
Yes1
We already have one and it is great!
Yes1
See next question and answer.
Yes1
In Park City we are currently creating an Art & Culture District in an area of town that is proposed for redevelopment by the private sector. The municipal government has partnered with The Sundance Institute and The Kimball Art Center to jointly redevelop a 5.25 acre parcel of land in the heart of Park City into an Art & Culture District. The City passed a 1% transient room tax to pay for the project, both Sundance and Kimball will buy their parcel of land and design their buildings.
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Albert FosterRoosevelt CityMayorYes1Yes
I play the guitar and violin
Yes1
I supported the RAP tax and as a member of city council I've budegeted funds each year for the Basin Arts Council
Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1We have a RAPYes1Yes18100.00%A+TRUE
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William Shiflett
Midvalley Improvement District
Midvalley Improvement District Board of Trustees
Yes1Yes
My earliest memory of art changing my life was when I saw my first Jackson Pollock painting when I was 12 years old. I have spent my entire life seeking out Pollock's works and traveled to locations with a Pollock just so I could see it in person.
Yes1
Absolutely! Government often doesn't have the strength or resources to keep a competent arts expert. By providing funding to an organization who focus on the arts, i.e., an expert, the public's money will be spent wisely.
Yes1
ZAP has been successful and should be copied!
Yes1
My organization is an improvement district that provides waste water collection services. We are limited to ensuring the integrity and efficiency of a sewer water system.
Yes1
I just read an article about a woman who traveled with entire family from California to see the Spiral Jetty. An additional example is cities with a public arts program are more attractive to businesses looking to relocate.
Yes1
We are an improvement district that collects services fees only.
Yes1Yes1
Wonderful opportunity to gather revenue with limited impact to local citizens!
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William E.RappleyeDraper, UtahCity CouncilYes1Yes
School
Fine art, graphic art
Band, choir,drama club
Yes1Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes17.593.75%A
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Clint SmithHerriman CityCity CouncilYes1YesYes1
It is my belief that we need to do more to promote the arts in our communities and provide opportunities for more exposure to our residents.
Yes1
I once visited a community in Texas that had a similar program in place which helped to provide varying forms of art at the city buildings. These arts provided for several items that enhanced the building and grounds and gave opportunity for reflection for those that visited.
Yes1
As part of a new and rapidly growing community we need to look for opportunities to promote the arts in our public building and enhance their experience while in them.
Yes1
We live in a very beautiful and scenic state and I believe many visit here to experience it and find ways to incorporate it into their own form of art.
Yes1Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
As a very young and growing community with a focus on growing our commercial tax base I do not want to impose a new tax that would negatively impact drawing much needed commercial to our community but look for ways to help them see the value in promoting the arts in our community to help them be successful as well.
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Rustin JessenKaysville CityMayorYes1Yes
As a young man, I was influenced greatly by my time in community theater, community show choirs, school theater, choir, band and any number of creative outlets. Later in life, I made my living as a studio & live musician for a short time, and moved into event & entertainment production. My life would be drastically different, and I would not make my living in entertainment were it not for the influence provided by my music & arts teachers.
Yes1
I'm not terribly picky about the financial mechanism in place to grant money to the arts. I do care that the decision makers in that supply chain are active in the arts community (as creators or patrons) to be sure funds are allocated equitably and efficiently.
Yes1
If we can reserve money in budgets for landscaping and walkways, we can surely make sure Art is a priority.
Yes1Yes1
The direct economic impact of the arts is immediate in the form of increased visits, tourism, and local business traffic during events, shows, openings and other exhibition and education opportunities. In addition, creative arts fosters an environment of innovation. Having creative innovators reside in a community spurs high-quality involvement in local programs, busineses, and government.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I would support this effort. Unfortunately, my city is faced with some serious operational shortfalls already. I couldn't support a RAP tax until we have our basic nessecities well in hand.
Yes1Yes1
The Parks & Rec department in Kaysville is already working with the University of Utah to explore some new and exciting performing arts venues. We would be hard pressed to fund anything with tourism (as we don't even have a hotel yet), but I would love to look forward to a time we could help increase the frequency and quality of arts & cultural activities in Kaysville.
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Kayson MaxOremCity CouncilYes1YesYes1Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes17.593.75%A
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Tinesha Zandamela
Provo CityCity Council District 5Yes1YesYes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
This is something I would need to look into further.
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Hyrum MatthewsWest Jordan CityCity CouncilYes1Yes
The Joe Hill Centennial Celebration was something I assisted to develop and execute, which included working with artists and vendors from all over the county to share their talents in our historically significant event.
Yes1
West Jordan is hoping to do just this, with the help of Mr. Vernon.
Yes1Yes1Yes1
Sandy City is a great example, with the building of Hale Center Theater and the businesses that followed, knowing customers and cash flow would gravitate.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I would need to do more research on the exact numbers, and what that would mean for residents and the City.
Yes1Yes1
I am definitely open to learning more about this, and how West Jordan could utilize such programs.
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Max JohnsonWest JordanCity Council at-largeYes1Yes
I attended Phantom of the Opera at the Curran Theater in San Francisco with my family. It was my first live experience of the Arts as an adult. We thoroughly enjoyed Phantom and we have been hooked ever since.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Assuming accountability is established with the local organizations.
Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Yes, I would be supportive of creating Cultural Districts.
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Wendy NicholsonRoosevelt CityCity CouncilYes1Yes
Being in choir all through high school taught me life lessons I learned nowhere else! Performing in the community has taught me to grow and appreciate the courage of artists everywhere.
Yes1
I currently serve on the Basin Arts Council and love to be able to support art and performing groups in our community.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I'd love if it went to local artists in particular. Also, I think 1% of a multi-million dollar building can add up to a lot.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I do personally at perhaps a smaller percentage, but that is something the citizens of the municipality would have to decide, since they would be funding it through bonding or taxes.
Yes1
What would Salt Lake City be without the theatres or symphony? Or Cedar City without the Shakespeare Festival? It is absolutely a driver and would love to see it improve the economy in my community.
Yes1
The Basin Arts Council on which I serve benefits from the RAP tax.
Yes1Yes1
I would love to see Roosevelt have a cultural district that would draw in tourism, as we currently rely on oil which has devastated our economy in recent years.
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Harris SondakAltaMayorYes1Yes
I studied philosophy as an undergraduate and as a phd student and it had profound effects on me. I am an art collector and enthusiast. In my work as a professor at the University of Utah I study how aesthetic judgments are part of managerial decision making. I lead our initiative on business and liberal education. I am on the Honors Advisory Counsel at the U and support interdisciplinary learning by all of our students.
Yes1
Sure, in the sense that I support humanities and arts activities in our community. I am not sure what the best (more effective, most efficient) mechanisms for doing so are.
Yes1
I don't know that the specific 1% requirement is the right amount or the right mechanism. But I do agree that public buildings should be places for public art. I have been in contact with our local arts group (Alta Community Enrichment) about creating a public arts program.
Yes1
We don't have much in the way of public buildings here in Alta but I support public art for sure. Again,
Yes1
Obviously arts and culture are drivers of economic vitality; there is no doubt about this fact. Look at how this works in various cities around the world! Locally, UMOCA is an important asset to the community, as are, for example, Ballet West, the Utah Symphony and Opera, Pioneer Theater, the Sundance Festival, etc. Certainly people come to visit for these events. I would include the LDS facilities downtown as cultural assets in our community.
Yes1
We are part of ZAP via our property taxes; in principle I'd be happy for local revenues to go directly to arts -- however, as a resort town we depend on sales tax and have maxed out our ability to charge sales tax
Yes1No0
My town if very small, so I am not sure this applies. It seems to me the whole community ought to be a cultural district.
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Emma MansourFarmingtonCity CoucilYes1Yes
As a psychologist I have witnessed the arts have a healing effect on many people. The healing effect is achieved through both access and participation. As a mother I have also seen the joy that the arts provides my children and their ability to use their imagination and practice self-expression.
Yes1Yes1
Art does not have to be a community event that is attended during specific times of the year. Art can surround us in many forms (building art, statues) and can help people feel connected to the space.
Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Utah has a very unique art culture that, despite not being a major economic force, is highly valued and cherished.
Yes1
With a growing population comes the need to provide essential recreation, art and park opportunities. I would like to see Farmington become a city in which all residents have the ability to live, work and play.
Yes1
This could provide an extra revenue stream for the city.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I may consider this in the future, providing Farmington has the capacity.
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David HoweHerrimanMayorYes1YesYes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Need to understand what the percent means in dollars.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5Same as aboveYes1Yes1Yes1Yes1787.50%B+
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Tawnee McCayRiverton CityCity CouncilYes1Yes
I grew up learning to play the flute. I enjoyed band and encourage my kids to each play an instrument. We enjoy going to and being in plays. This spring 4 of my kids and I were in Beauty and the Beast and it was a wonderful experience. We also love going to the Utah Symphony.
Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I will need to learn more about this program.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1787.50%B+
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Vance HansenSalt Lake CityCity council dist#5No0Yes
art, culture, humanities has a deep impact on the human race. Art can show beauty history timelines, culture humanities is the way we use it.
Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1787.50%B+
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Jason McGuireSouth Jordan CityCity Council District 5Yes1YesYes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1787.50%B+
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Jay ThomasWest Jordan CityCity Council at-largeYes1YesYes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Some Buildings this should apply to, but not all buildings.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I think it should be a line item, not just a blanket %.
Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1787.50%B+
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Holly H. DainesCity of LoganMayorYes1Yes
I was a Founding Trustee of the group that saved the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan, a 1923 theatre that was going to be demolished. A group worked to restore it, and it has been a community treasure -- as it was originally -- for the past 25 years since restoration.
Yes1
Logan City does have small fine arts grants which we distribute annually to organizations in the city. Logan also owns the Ellen Eccles Theatre (the city bought it originally to help facilitate the restoration), However, because of other city needs, we helped the non-profit arts organization who runs the theatre and art center establish an endowment for ongoing operations, and at that time, the annual operating subsidy was discontinued.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Our budgets are so tight, even 1% for art could be difficult.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I do, but I'm not sure my constituents support that.
Yes1Yes1
WE have RAPZ, and our voters overwhelmingly voted to renew the tax after the initial ten year implementation. That is what helped us fund the initial restoration of the theatre.
Yes1
We already do this. Our Visitors Bureau is great at developing partnerships with the Arts.
Yes1
We just established a historic theatre district, but there was no fiscal note attached. We have provided signage and parking for the arts district at city expense.
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Troy MartinezDraper CityMayorYes1YesYes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5Yes1Yes16.581.25%B-
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Jess BradfieldLoganCity CouncilYes1YesYes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I support agile communities. I would first determine if the city can afford the fee in a given economic climate, if residents supported such measures, and the ROI. I would also ensure any expense operated on trial basis to determine success within that community.
Yes1Yes1
Cache County currently has such a tax.
Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I support agile communities. I would first determine if the city can afford the fee in a given economic climate, if residents supported such measures, and the ROI. I would also ensure any expense operated on trial basis to determine success within that community.
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Scott SwangerMagna
Magna Board of Trustee
Depends0.5NoYes1Yes1Yes1No0Yes1Yes1Yes16.581.25%B-
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Robert M. HaleMidvale CityMayorYes1Yes
I have been in singing all my life. During High School, I was a member of the Symphony Club and loved to assist at the Utah symphony performances. My wife and I are season ticket holders to the Hale Center Theatre. We are regular listeners to KBYU, Classical 89.
Yes1
It is a fair way to distribute funds to all the organizations that bolster our cultural esperiences.
Yes1
I believe it is a way to nearly painlessly provide sufficient funding for legitimate as well as startup arts and cultural groups.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I am not sure, but I know that there is money in the General Budget for the Arts Council and art purchases.
Yes1
Some may say it is not, but just take away the arts and cultural programs altogether, and it's like the a day without sunshine. People get by, but there is less enjoyment in life.
No0
Arts are already supported through line items on the general budget.
Yes1
We all have opportunities to make life more enjoyable for our visitors, and the arts and culture is a major reason families return to visit the more established cities and town.
Yes16.581.25%B-
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Benjamin SessionsSalt Lake CityCity Council District 7Yes1Yes
My mother directed plays and she raised us on musicals. She sings and plays the piano so I have always had a passion for the symphony and theater.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I generally support this, but would like to see a specific proposal first.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I would need to know which art programs would be designated.
Yes1Yes1
I think the greatest cities around the world have large districts with theaters, symphonies, and museums. This adds to education and tourism.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I would need to review the specific details for Salt Lake City.
Yes1Yes16.581.25%B-
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Randy OsborneSandy, Utah
Sandy City Council District 1
Yes1Yes
Our Family have season tickets and passes to most of the theaters and programs in the Salt Lake Valley. We have them for our children and grandchildren to give them experiences that will expand and broaden their lives. It has been great and a unifier of our family.
Yes1
I have always voted to support such programs. The recreation, art, zoo and parks tax has been successful for over a decade. The funding to build the Eccles Theater
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I am not sure how Sandy require the developers to decorate the buildings under construction or those who remodel. There are requirements for both interior and exterior enhancements. I favor that.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5Not sure.Yes1
We have been involved with the arts with our children and grandchildren both in preforming in school as well as involvement in the theaters.
Yes1
supported through vote as well as been involved in supporting varies programs for decades.
Yes1
Hale Center Theater is locating in Sandy. We have the Sandy Arts Council which uses Mt. Jordan and we have the Sandy Amphitheater. We love our theaters!
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I would support a program if it will be a benefit to the youth and citizens of Sandy.
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Kyle SmithFarmingtonCity councilDepends0.5YesYes1Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.56.581.25%B-TRUE
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Eric Rijk KraanCottonwood HeightsCity Council District 4Depends0.5Yes
Art, Culture & Humanites are important aspects that create a well rounded individual. Discipline, creativity, empathy, pride, morality, and self-awareness are some of the character building blocks that I can attribute to my experience with music, theater, history & travel experiences.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I do believe in community funded programs to help expand the reach of the arts in our community. That said, it has to be measured and balanced with the overall city plan and vision of the community.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I stand firmly in the commitment to seek permission of the public to enact any funding expense. Therefore I would support this measure if it is supported by the population of the city perhaps as part of a general election.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Please see my explanation above.
Yes1
From historical sites, theaters, parks and recreation that form the cultural backbone of our community. I do consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah.
Yes1Yes1
The city between the Canyons is interested in creating productive and sustainable partnerships with the local tourism sector to boost the local business and residents of our city.
Yes1
I am very interested in making sure that the development of the Gravel Pit at Wasatch boulevard has a positive impact to our city and metropolitan area in general. A cultural center would be part of that conversation.
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Michael hansonCottonwood HeightsCity Council District 3Yes1Yes
I have chaired a local parade, city festival event, promoted city play
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I support local funding for municipal sponcered arts councils and events
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5Yes1Yes1Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
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David WattsHerrimanMayorYes1YesYes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I am supportive, but I believe that this contribution should be matched by other sources such as the artist or other funding sources.
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
I am supportive, but I believe that this contribution should be matched by other sources such as the artist or other funding sources.
Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
Personally I support, but voters should have the final say on these type of taxes and not the executive branch of the muncipality.
Yes1
Depends (explain in the next question)
0.5
It would depend on the cost to the city. Particularly with no and low cost versions I am supportive. However, with effectively 0% of the city's income coming from tourism (we don't even have a hotel) strong arguments would need to be made to justify spending city funds.
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Bob StevensonLaytonMayorYes1Yes
Member of Davis Arts Council for 6 years
Yes1
Arts are a vital component to the economy. People look for these types of experiences when they choose where to live, shop, and recreate.
No0
We have to be careful on the impact we can have if we tax segments in to many ways.
No0Yes1Yes1Yes1Yes1675%C
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Paul RiversOgden UtahCity CouncilYes1Yes
I have lived in two other countries so far. It is fascinating to visit a museum to learn about the country's' best arts and culture under one roof. There is no doubt in my mind that many hours of time sifted through the archives to present the reciprocal message of what is our traditions.
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Depends on what it is used for and if it duplicates something that already exists I would say no.
If it is not a duplication, is something new, and has a funding stream to sustain itself. I would support a small re-grant.
Yes1
Modern public buildings are de-architectural monuments of the mundane technology. They need sculpture and art platforms.
No0
1. Ogden has some of the coolest public buildings in the state of Utah.
2. Ogden does need any more public buildings. Ogden City can easily lease some of the millions of empty commercial space available in Ogden.
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It is a small economic driver.
Yes1
Yes, I support R.A.M.P.
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Depends on what it is used for and if it duplicates something that already exists I would say no.
If it is not a duplication, is something new, and has a funding stream to sustain itself.
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Please send me "all the how to fairly cheaply".
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Zach JacobWest JordanMayorDepends0.5Yes
I met some of my best friends for life while volunteering for stage crew for a church-produced play when I was 15.
Yes1
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I'm not familiar enough with the programs to state definitively yes or no.
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Bottom line: People do spend money to see concerts, plays, movies, etc.
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It would have to be well-defined, and operated as an enterprise fund so that it could not be raided by general fund needs.
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Mike RoanProvoCity CouncilDepends0.5Yes
I have been impacted by many types of cultural and art experiences. I've been touched by learning about my native American heritage, plays (particularly those with historical perspectives), religious art, museums and various re-enactments and pageants.
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I have not at this point evaluated this issue enough to form an opinion.
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see my answer above
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Yes, these events bring thousands of people to Utah from elsewhere to enjoy our events and programs and are a tremendous economic boost for our state and local economies - in Provo for example; the temples, MOA, Covey Center, Sundance Summer Theater and the Film Festival among many other events and venues
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In fact, with the addition of a additional major hotel in the downtown area and the Utah Valley Visitors and Convention Center, I think it would be a phenomenal idea fro a grass roots movement to convert the historic Utah County Courthouse building into a world class museum as a destination attraction for our many visitors.
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I have not evaluated this enough to formulate an opinion. Conceptually it seems like a good idea and warrants more study on my part.
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Mark I. JohnsonLehi CityMayorYes1Yes
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I believe supporting our local Arts Council is very important. Public money needs to be spent in full transparency and I am concerned about the term "re-grant." The public would have to understand the situation.
No0
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I am unfamiliar with this term "Percent-for-Art". I do believe money should be budgeted for cultural programs and local art.
Yes1
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Lehi City citizens voted against the RAP tax. Even though I voted for it personally, I believe the message was that the citizens wanted to see these activities funded differently.
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I would need more information on this, but I am certainly open to a discussion concerning this possibility.
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Ben StanleyPleasant Grove
City Council (incumbent; running for re-election)
Depends0.5Yes
My wife serves on the Utah County Arts Board, plays in the Pleasant Grove City Orchestra, and one of my college degrees is in the humanities. I have always loved art galleries around the globe, concerts. symphonies, plays, musicals, and art and culture in all its forms.
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It depends on the specifics of the mechanisms, whether the funding avenues have had full disclosure and true transparency to the public, support for the proposals at the ballot box, and buy in from stake holders.
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It depends on the specifics of the mechanisms, whether the funding avenues have had full disclosure and true transparency to the public, support for the proposals at the ballot box, and buy in from stake holders. It is superior to have private donations rather than public funds used, especially if a municipality has not covered essential functions of government first.
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It depends on the operating definition one employs as to what qualifies as an economic driver. Arts and culture certainly have an economic impact and should be promoted and an appreciated aspect of a local economy.
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I strongly support cooperation, communication, partnerships, and government facilitating organizations working together for the greater good of a community.
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Sheldon WimmerAlpine, UtahMayorYes1YesYes1No0No0Yes1No0Yes1No0450%D-
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James SmithSouth Salt LakeCity Council at-largeDepends0.5Yes
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Well, it depends. Not every gov't body is desirous or perhaps even able to deal with such funding.
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If the municipality wants it, it should proceed. It should not be a mandate to all.
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A factor, but hardly a driver: such events as Sundance and Utah Arts Festival have real impact. The arts impact the quality of life and may make the State more attractive for some businesses. The arts are an asset, but in general a low-yield asset.
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The residents of South Salt Lake are tax averse, and plead poverty at teh mention of anything they caonsider a "frill".
No0
Tourism is a minor factor in South Salt Lake
No0
See previous answers.
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Jeffrey ButlerPleasant GroveCity CouncilDepends0.5Yes
My daughter got her start with her love of theater through a city arts program.
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I do support it, but I think there ought to be some more oversight to see that the funds are used appropriately yet without cultural or conditions that may force that organization to promote things that they do not.
No0
That sounds like an interesting idea, but where would the art be purchased from and how would that be fair to those who bid on having their art there.
No0
There is already a concern about prudent spending here, that would not be wise to promote.
No0
It may be, but it doesn't seem like it.
Yes1
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Within the right municipalities, it probably can work well.
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If it were to fit within my municipality maybe, but there doesn't seem to be a good fit.
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Julie HolbrookSouth JordanCity Council District 3YesYes
Because I was involved in music, playing in the band, all through my public school years, I have a love for the symphony! I truly enjoy the performance of live music! There is nothing like the real thing!
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We do this in our city and it seems to work well. I would prefer that government not be overly involved because I feel people can do a better job than the government.
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I like the idea but by setting a precedent, it could very easily have unintended consequences; such as increases in the percentage and/or arts groups being favored over another and mismanagement and oversight costs may be more than expected and take away from the true intent.
No0
I feel our municipality has a solid arts program at this time, however, there is always room for improvement!
Yes1
I feel to have a well grounded society, the arts must be an integral part of the state. When the arts are included, people are drawn to it, experience it and love it!
No0
Our city currently financially supports the arts programs. Parks and recreation are also funded but through a different funding source.
No0
Being collaborative and working together always makes for a better place to live.
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I have been involved with local residents for about a year, looking at various sites to do this. I truly hope we can make it happen in the right place at the right time.
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Leo LinesProvo CityCity Council District 2Depends0.5Yes
Saturdays warrior had a real impact on my life.
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I have learned that the best money spent is one time money. The ongoing support should be from the public
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I need more information about the 1%
No0
Need more Information
No0
I do not know what economic impact it would have
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I do not like how you have to vote to support all three they need to be voted on separately.
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As long as tax dollars are not spent ongoing.
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Steven TimothyRoosevelt CityCity CouncilNo0No
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If the money is taken from the public with the intent to subsidize the arts and it was voted on to do that, then yes, those funds can be used for the arts.
No0No0No0Yes1
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Taylor MalungahuEagle MountainMayorNo0YesNo0
I am a minimalist when it comes to government.
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Wendy NicholsonRoosevelt CityCity CouncilYes1Yes
Being in choir all through high school taught me life lessons I learned nowhere else! Performing in the community has taught me to grow and appreciate the courage of artists everywhere.
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I currently serve on the Basin Arts Council and love to be able to support art and performing groups in our community.
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I'd love if it went to local artists in particular. Also, I think 1% of a multi-million dollar building can add up to a lot.
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I do personally at perhaps a smaller percentage, but that is something the citizens of the municipality would have to decide, since they would be funding it through bonding or taxes.
Yes1
What would Salt Lake City be without the theatres or symphony? Or Cedar City without the Shakespeare Festival? It is absolutely a driver and would love to see it improve the economy in my community.
Yes1
The Basin Arts Council on which I serve benefits from the RAP tax.
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I would love to see Roosevelt have a cultural district that would draw in tourism, as we currently rely on oil which has devastated our economy in recent years.
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Clair F QuilMagna
Magna Water Board
Depends0.5YesYes1
Public funding should be derived from voluntary contributions to the tax base.
Yes1Yes1No0No0
Manditory tax collectishould be reserved for essential (i.e. safety and health) services.
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Municipalities can be a member of these partnerships, but not the prime mover in them.
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Angela ChoberkaOgden City
Municipal Ward 1 - City Council
Yes1Yes
My life has been impacted immensely by participating in the creation of and in attending art related events and activities. I am an English major, so literature and theater has always helped me to learn more about the world and other people's life experiences. I am also married to a fine artist who attended art school in New York City where we both lived and worked for many years. I worked as a teacher and as an arts administrator there. Going to museums and performances changed my view of life and myself in the world.
Yes1
Art helps to create a well-rounded and open community. It should be accessible and available to all residents. One of the ways we can ensure this is to support it through public funds. Art councils should be trusted to make these vital decisions on the behalf of us all. This is one way to make an equitable impact across neighborhoods.
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That would be wonderful! If you have visited any of the more recently built structures on the Weber State campus including the new science building you will witness the power of public art in these spaces.
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From personal experience, I know that I want to live in a place that has a thriving arts community. The arts enrich our everyday experiences in ways nothing else can. I also know there has been research done that supports this as well.
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Ogden City is currently undergoing an initiative such as this. They have put many resources toward this effort. I especially appreciate how they have given the residents the ability to give feedback and provide ideas to help make this happen. I am a strong believer in the possibilities this can bring our community.
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Mary KhalafOgdenCity Council Seat BYes1Yes
I earned a scholarship to the College of Eastern Utah drawing the art of extinct or indigenous populations as well as a Friendship Scholarship for helping integrate foreigner exchange students traverse American Society. I majored in Art & Anthropology as Culture has been a major factor in my life. My husband & I operate a business where we teach Cultural Awareness & help immigrants integrate into society. We give away free Arabic Translation Cards to the police & refugees with a focus on helping use communication & Cultural Understanding to help these 2 groups connect better. My class, "Empathy & Inclusivity through Gardening", a class designed to foster community inclusion, has been adopted by Student International Development Engagement. My work will be taught in California & Cameroon to gardening students. The purpose of my husbands & I work is to create a safe space for others while fostering the advancement of Civilization. I also am heavily involved in the Utah Film & Music Industry. My campaign is the sponsor & host of the Pre-Party at the Utah Music Awards this year. We know how important our entertainment & artists are to our community. We support them.
Yes1
It's very important to have program that foster Art & Humanitarian causes & especially ones that help the disadvantaged community. A community that doesn't foster these programs can fall into societal decline. We should invest in our community with these programs.
Yes1
I think it's a great program & is not a heavy impact cost upon individuals. A building should invest in raising its creativity level as art leads to a happier & more industrious people. It's responsible emotional building.
Yes1
If we don't invest in raising the mind of our youth than we are doing a disservice to our community. We must foster an atmosphere where people are encouraged to create.
Yes1
I have worked in the music, film & entertainment industry. I know that one person or production team brings untold prosperity to our area. It is an industry that stimulates from the bottom up. Our creative community drive is one of the reasons we attracted the Olympics & many other important venues. I have been endorsed by Film Buzz & the series Proper Manors because of my service to helping the emotional needs of this important community. I am the on-set emotional adviser at Proper Manors.
Yes1
The community must invest in itself through these programs to sustain vibrancy.
Yes1
Tourism is very important to Ogden's economy. It's one of the ways we turned our community around from having a poor reputation to being listed on numerous Top 5 lists is through tourism. I would like to foster a bustling downtown region where people come to experience the feel of a growing community which helps the anchor businesses in Ogden's downtown region. We need to foster our healthy mountainous tourism industry as well. We are young, fit & healthy in Ogden which is attractive to tourists. We are also cultured with a focus on Art. Ogden is an Art city with the potential to be even more prosperous than Sadona if we plan well.
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