• Candidate Name: James Rogers

  • Your Municipality: Salt lake 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.

Arts, culture and humanities have helped shape who I am today. I grew up in a home with a concert pianist and a family who has collected and appreciated Utah art. I believe everyone should have these opportunities to broaden their minds and learn to appreciate the talent, discipline and dedication that it takes to create such experiences through the arts. 

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.

Without it salt lake would not have some of the great public pieces that you see. I'm all in! 

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. 

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. 

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.

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