candidate: Paul Rivers (Ogden Utah: City Council)

Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance Grade: C (75%)

  • Candidate Name: Paul Rivers
  • Your Municipality: Ogden Utah
  • Elected office for which you are running: City Council

Question 1: Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?
Yes

Question 2: Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that have had an impact on your life?
Yes

3b // Optional, explain your experience.
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.

Question 3: Do you support public funding for city and county arts councils who then re-grant that money to local arts and humanities organizations?
Depends (explain in the next question)

3b // Optional, explain why or why not.
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.

Question 4: 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.
Yes

4b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Modern public buildings are de-architectural monuments of the mundane technology. They need sculpture and art platforms.

Question 5: Do you support having a Percent-for-Art program in your own municipality?
No

5b // Optional, explain why or why not.
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.

Question 6: Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?
Yes

6b // Optional, explain why or why not.
It is a small economic driver.

Question 7: 32 municipalities have a RAP (recreation, arts, and parks) type tax to help support cultural organizations in their communities. Would you support 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.
Yes

7b // Optional, explain your experience.
Yes, I support R.A.M.P.

Question 8: Municipalities can facilitate partnerships between cultural organizations and the local tourism sector to boost the local economy. Do you support this? Optional, explain why or why not. 
Depends (explain in the next question)

8b // Optional, explain why or why not. 
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.

Question 9: 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?
Yes

9b // Optional, explain why or why not. 
Please send me "all the how to fairly cheaply".

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