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

  • Candidate Name: Zach Robinson
  • Your Municipality: Sandy City
  • 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.
Both of my young daughters are heavily involved with dance. They attend dance classes at a local, small dance studio in Sandy City. Arts are a big part of our lives, and will continue to be a part of our life for as long as my children want to participate. In addition to attending Dance classes, our family enjoys going to the local community arts guild productions that take place in our community.

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. 
This could be a wonderful way to form partnerships with local arts organizations. This could not only help the quality of life in our community, but also allow for the city to assist with some of the work of putting on a community play or production.

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.
With the Hale Center theater coming to Sandy City, the arts are going to be a large part of our community development projects. Current city leaders have worked hard to create an atmosphere that is supportive of the arts in the south end of the valley.

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. 
Tourism is a big part of our economy. People come to stay in Sandy so they can ski, having a strong arts program would complement that nicely.

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.