Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance Grade: F (37.50%)

  • Candidate Name: Julie Holbrook 
  • Your Municipality: South Jordan
  • Elected office for which you are running: City Council District 3

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.
Because I was involved in music, playing in the band, all through my public school years, I have a love for the symphony! I truly enjoy the performance of live music! There is nothing like the real thing!

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.
We do this in our city and it seems to work well. I would prefer that government not be overly involved because I feel people can do a better job than the government.

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 like the idea but by setting a precedent, it could very easily have unintended consequences; such as increases in the percentage and/or arts groups being favored over another and mismanagement and oversight costs may be more than expected and take away from the true intent.

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

5b // Optional, explain why or why not.
I feel our municipality has a solid arts program at this time, however, there is always room for improvement!

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

6b // Optional, explain why or why not.
I feel to have a well grounded society, the arts must be an integral part of the state. When the arts are included, people are drawn to it, experience it and love it!

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.
Our city currently financially supports the arts programs. Parks and recreation are also funded but through a different funding source.

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. 
Being collaborative and working together always makes for a better place to live.

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 have been involved with local residents for about a year, looking at various sites to do this. I truly hope we can make it happen in the right place at the right time.