Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance Grade: A+ (100%)

  • Candidate Name: Craig L Jensen 
  • Your Municipality: Springville
  • Elected office for which you are running: City Council At-Large

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

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

3b // Optional, explain your experience.
I'm a Springville boy, and have spent many hours in our Awesome Museum of Art and attending the City's Folkfest festival :)

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?

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

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.

4b // Optional, explain why or why not.
I would need additional information before making a firm stand on such a program, I'm a little concerned about the flat % added to the costs of a building, As I see it... Every developer/builder has a budget for decoration, using a percentage of that budget for "Public Art" is a program I will support.

Question 5: Do you support having a Percent-for-Art program in your own municipality?

5b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Yes - I would consider a program that supports the arts - I would need more details..

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

6b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Yes - where I live, Springville, the "Art City" is an excellent example

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.

7b // Optional, explain your experience.

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. 

8b // Optional, explain why or why not. 
Yes, and its working in our Springville community :)

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?

9b // Optional, explain why or why not.