Ana Valdemoros // Salt Lake City Council - District 4 // Grade: A+

Ana Valdemoros // Salt Lake City Council - District 4 // Grade: A+

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

Answer: Arts, culture, and humanities have impacted every aspect of my life. Unfortunately, too many people don’t realize just how much culture and art influence their lives. There is no doubt that I am the person that I am today because of the art and culture I was exposed to as a child. I am grateful for a mother and grandmother (a semi-famous Argentinean singer) who instilled in me at a young age an appreciation for these things. Now as a mother, I am trying to do the same for my children.

Because I was exposed to art and culture throughout my life, I’ve learned a lot about the world; how it was, how it is, but more importantly, how it can be. This education helps me find solutions as a member of the City Council. Our city is facing a lot of problems. I see art and culture as being a part of finding solutions. Creativity, as nurtured through arts and culture, is so important in moving forward in today’s world. For example, when it comes to finding new sources of clean energy, creative people tend to find the most innovative solutions that help society. Additionally, I appreciate the role that arts and culture play in economic development.

I love living, working, and recreating in the arts and cultural center of our state. As the District 4 representative, I will continue to prioritize the arts and humanities in the city budget because I strongly believe that the arts and cultural sector is a big economic driver in Utah. I will also reach out to establish partnerships with private donors and nonprofits to keep the City’s renowned artistic and cultural scene thriving.

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

Answer: Yes

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: Strongly support

Low rent housing and studio space for artists.

Answer: Strongly support

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: Strongly 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: Strongly support

Artistinresident at my city or county.

Answer: Strongly 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: Fiscally responsible investment means matching the great investment of time and energy of our community stakeholders with sufficient funds to guarantee high quality and widely accessible art and cultural events, thus assuring that Salt Lake City remains the arts and culture capital of the region.

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: Running for office in one of these cities or counties.

I support the RAP tax.

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

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: I support cultural events in balancing their budgets but I am not sure reducing fees for some basic city services in the only method of helping this goal. I would also be open to exploring other options of getting to the same place.

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

Design standards.

Answer: Neutral

Friendly ordinances that encourage public and private mural creation.

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Yes

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

Answer: Yes

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

Answer: Yes

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

Answer: Yes

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

Answer: Yes

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

Answer: I answered "neutral" on "Design standards" because I wasn't sure was meant, but look forward to an opportunity to discuss that and my other responses with you.

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