Andrew Johnston // SLC Council DIstrict 2 // Grade: A-

Andrew Johnston // SLC Council DIstrict 2 // Grade: A-

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

Answer: The arts are like air, electricity or the internet- you don't realize how critical they are to us until they are missing. Having come from a background where my strengths were not in the arts (as far as creating), I was drawn to my wife partly do to her painting talents. Her pictures shed a light into the depth of her personality and strengths that I had not seen previously and led us into a deeper relationship. We now have a 5 yr old daughter who lives and breathes art- drawing, painting, singing, dancing. And it all comes from her mother and it illuminates our home from the inside out. I never new how important it was until I experienced it this way and cannot imagine my life without art and it's influence on my loved ones- and me.

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: 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: Neutral 

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: I'd like to see 1.5% allocation from municipal projects t crete pubic art.

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: Support

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

Answer: N/A

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

Answer: N/A

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: 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: Support

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: No

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

Answer: I have little skill or eye for art but I am happy to support others who do.

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