Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance Grade: A (93.75%)
- Candidate Name: Hyrum Matthews
- Your Municipality: West Jordan City
- Elected office for which you are running: City Council
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.
The Joe Hill Centennial Celebration was something I assisted to develop and execute, which included working with artists and vendors from all over the county to share their talents in our historically significant event.
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.
West Jordan is hoping to do just this, with the help of Mr. Vernon.
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.
Question 5: Do you support having a Percent-for-Art program in your own municipality?
5b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Question 6: Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?
6b // Optional, explain why or why not.
Sandy City is a great example, with the building of Hale Center Theater and the businesses that followed, knowing customers and cash flow would gravitate.
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.
Depends (explain in the next question)
7b // Optional, explain your experience.
I would need to do more research on the exact numbers, and what that would mean for residents and the City.
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.
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.
I am definitely open to learning more about this, and how West Jordan could utilize such programs.