Ammon Crossette // Lehi City Council // Grade: C

Ammon Crossette // Lehi City Council // Grade: C

How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?

Answer: Long story short... For most of my life I was so introverted that people generally never noticed me. I loved to sing, and wanted to perform but was too shy until on a whim my brother convinced me to do theater. With that audition my life changed. I had confidence in my voice, but being given the chance to be on stage and really shine gave me confidence to explore my craetive side with pride. I enrolled in UCSC (UVU) and found a passion for writing and plays, eventually directing a student short.

While struggling as an adult to find my place an artist reached out to me and offered me a job making frames. He was the first person outside my family to really believe I could amount to anything. I learned a trade that has been my career for the past decade. Because of his influence I found an artist inside myself and a craftsman that I didn't know was there before, yet couldn't imagine myself without today.

Before the framing and theater I was a singer song writer who performed open mics and stayed up late without a penny to my name. I blogged about my life and music to an internet that seemed empty at the time. But eventually people reached out to me- to thank me for my story, and my music. I didn't know I could actually make a difference to anyone's life before then.

My life has been defined and lifted up by the arts at every crossroads, from listening to my mother sing in our studio as a child or my father playing piano, to the movies and written words I have so many times eacaped in, I wouldn't be who I am without these influences.

Would you like to be considered for endorsement by Utah Cultural Alliance?

Answer: N/A

Utah's humanities and arts employ 112,000 Utahns, provide $4 billion in earnings, and $16 billion in sales. This is a larger economic impact than agriculture, mining, and real estate. Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?

Answer: Yes

Government investment in arts and humanities organizations at fiscally responsible levels.

Answer: Strongly support

Government investment in my local arts council at fiscally responsible levels.

Answer: Strongly support

Cultural Districts (gov't can designate, fund, and create incentives/zoning ordinances to attract creative businesses to a district).

Answer: Opposed

Low rent housing and studio space for artists.

Answer: Neutral

Facilitating partnerships between tourism and culture.

Answer: Strongly support

Facilitating partnerships between businesses and culture.

Answer: Strongly support

Reducing regulations of creative businesses.

Answer: Strongly support

Capital investment (in museums, performance/concert halls, studios, galleries, nonprofit office space, etc.).

Answer: Support

Increased investment in public art projects to encourage murals, sculptures, utility wraps, and more.

Answer: Strongly support

Reduced fees (land/building use, garbage, utilities, etc) for festivals and special events.

Answer: Support

Artistinresident at my city or county.

Answer: Support

Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities means to me (could be the right $ amount for the local arts council and/or its grants, etc.).

Answer: Idk $ amount

7 counties and 33 cities have passed a RAP (recreation, arts, parks) tax. They are:

Counties: Cache (RAPZ); Duchesne (RAP); Salt Lake (ZAP); Summit (RAP); Uintah (RAP); Washington (RAP); Weber (RAMP)

Cities (all are RAPs unless otherwise designated): American Fork, Aurora, Blanding, Bountiful, Brian Head, Cedar City, Cedar Hills, Centerfield, Centerville, Clearfield, Fairview, Farmington, Green River, Gunnison, Helper, Layton, Lindon, Mayfield, Monticello, North Salt Lake, Orem (CARE), Payson, Price, Provo, Redmond, Richfield, Roosevelt, Salina, Syracuse, Spanish Fork, Tooele City (PAR), West Bountiful, Woods Cross.

I am: My city or county has not yet passed a RAP tax

I support the RAP tax.

Answer: Neutral

I make sure that the arts and humanities receive at least a 1/3 of RAP revenues.

Answer: Neutral

I will support putting a RAP tax on the ballot to be decided by voters.

Answer: SupportĀ 

I will make sure that the arts and humanities receive at least a 1/3 of RAP revenues.

Answer: Strongly support

Optional: explain your answers.

Answer: N/A

Percent for public art programs, which optionally designate 1-2% of government capital costs for public art.

Answer: Support

I support increasing my percent for art ordinance by .25-.5% to cover maintenance (vandalism, weather, etc.).

Answer: Support

(if applicable) My municipality's redevelopment authority should have a public art ordinance.

Answer: Neutral

Incentives (such as tax breaks) to encourage private developers add public art to projects.

Answer: OpposedĀ 

Design standards.

Answer: Opposed

Friendly ordinances that encourage public and private mural creation.

Answer: Support

Increased investment in public art projects to encourage murals, sculptures, utility wraps, and more.

Answer: Neutral

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Public buildings.

Answer: No

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Transportation.

Answer: No

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Utilities.

Answer: No

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Private developments.

Answer: No

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-All government capital projects.

Answer: No

Anything else you'd like us to know about you?

Answer: N/A

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