Silvia Catten, Candidate for Millcreek City Council District 1 - UCA Candidate Survey

 Silvia Catten

Candidate for Millcreek City Council District 1

silviacatten@gmail.com

 www.silvia4millcreek.com

801-358-8072

Millcreek

Salt Lake County

Unaffiliated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCA Candidate Survey

 

Should government be involved in funding the arts and humanities?

 

 Yes

 

Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

There is so much value in creativity and expression that is often disregarded completely or forgotten. The government should be equally invested in funding arts and humanities as it is in funding science and math--both of which create a diverse and dynamic society.

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on public K-12 arts & humanities education, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on after school K-12 arts & humanities education program, what would you choose to do?

 

Keep Spending the Same

 

 

Do you believe that during-the-day arts and humanities education should be a part of K-12 curriculum?

 

Yes

 

If your elected office could impact the amount of money spent on cultural programs, what would you choose to do?

 

Increase Spending

 

Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?

 

Unsure

 

Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art? 

 

Yes

 

 

Do you support the designation of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty as the State Work of Art? 

 

Yes

 

 

If your office could impact legislation, would you support a bill that exempts cultural non-profits from property tax?

 

Yes

 

 

Please explain your answer to (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

I find a lot of value in diversity.

 

Would you support a minor increase to bed or tourism taxes to fund more cultural districts in your community?

 

Unsure

 

Please explain your answer (one or two sentences is sufficient):

 

It's hard to say whether a cultural district would be appropriate in any community. Safety, accessibility, need, and aesthetics are things to consider before implementation of any type of cultural district.

 

 

Last year the state legislature passed a bill (HB223 Local Historic District Amendments) restricting the creation of historical districts. What are your thoughts about historic preservation? (One or two sentences is sufficient).

 

Similar to cultural districts, there should be a substantial amount of thought and consideration before implementing a historical district. 

 

Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? Please explain (one or two sentences is sufficient).

 

I am trained in classical ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and modern dance. I have been a dance teacher for many years and studied it briefly on scholarship in college. Dance has had an incredibly positive impact on my life, and has given me opportunities to travel, work, teach, and learn. Creativity, artistry, and expression continue to be important aspects of my life. 

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