Clarke Taylor // American Fork City Councilman // Grade: C-

Clarke Taylor // American Fork City Councilman // Grade: C-

 

How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?

Answer: My first recollection of recognizable culture and arts was when as a 8 year old boy I attended "The Pageant of the Arts" with my parents at American Fork High School. I was completely mesmerized and I loved it. I looked forward to it returning every year and it didn't disappoint. Much later in life I on a business trip to NYC and I walked through Rockefeller center and saw the sculpture "Prometheus", I instantly went back all those years prior to seeing it in the Pageant and it all came back to me. I had the exact same experience with "The Gleaners" when visiting the Louvre. That one production had a profound effect on me and my appreciate for the Arts and it has never waned.

Would you like to be considered for endorsement by Utah Cultural Alliance?

Answer: Yes

Utah's humanities and arts employ 112,000 Utahns, provide $4 billion in earnings, and $16 billion in sales. This is a larger economic impact than agriculture, mining, and real estate. Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?

Answer: Yes

Government investment in arts and humanities organizations at fiscally responsible levels.

Answer: Support

Government investment in my local arts council at fiscally responsible levels.

Answer: Support

Cultural Districts (gov't can designate, fund, and create incentives/zoning ordinances to attract creative businesses to a district).

Answer: Neutral

Low rent housing and studio space for artists.

Answer: Neutral

Facilitating partnerships between tourism and culture.

Answer: Strongly support

Facilitating partnerships between businesses and culture.

Answer: Strongly support

Reducing regulations of creative businesses.

Answer: Neutral

Capital investment (in museums, performance/concert halls, studios, galleries, nonprofit office space, etc.).

Answer: Support

Increased investment in public art projects to encourage murals, sculptures, utility wraps, and more.

Answer: Neutral

Reduced fees (land/building use, garbage, utilities, etc) for festivals and special events.

Answer: Neutral

Artistinresident at my city or county.

Answer: N/A

Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities means to me (could be the right $ amount for the local arts council and/or its grants, etc.).

Answer: That as an elected official I am aware of the desires of the people in my community and support events and activities that promote a well rounded and educated people.

7 counties and 33 cities have passed a RAP (recreation, arts, parks) tax. They are:

Counties: Cache (RAPZ); Duchesne (RAP); Salt Lake (ZAP); Summit (RAP); Uintah (RAP); Washington (RAP); Weber (RAMP)

Cities (all are RAPs unless otherwise designated): American Fork, Aurora, Blanding, Bountiful, Brian Head, Cedar City, Cedar Hills, Centerfield, Centerville, Clearfield, Fairview, Farmington, Green River, Gunnison, Helper, Layton, Lindon, Mayfield, Monticello, North Salt Lake, Orem (CARE), Payson, Price, Provo, Redmond, Richfield, Roosevelt, Salina, Syracuse, Spanish Fork, Tooele City (PAR), West Bountiful, Woods Cross.

I am: Running for office in one of these cities or counties.

I support the RAP tax.

Answer: Strongly support

I make sure that the arts and humanities receive at least a 1/3 of RAP revenues.

Answer: Opposed

I will support putting a RAP tax on the ballot to be decided by voters.

Answer: N/A

I will make sure that the arts and humanities receive at least a 1/3 of RAP revenues.

Answer: N/A

Optional: explain your answers.

Answer: I don't believe in making a designated split. I believe that projects should be awarded based on their merit and their positive impact to the community and not based soley on being an art or recreation designation.

Percent for public art programs, which optionally designate 1-2% of government capital costs for public art.

Answer: Neutral

I support increasing my percent for art ordinance by .25-.5% to cover maintenance (vandalism, weather, etc.).

Answer: Neutral

(if applicable) My municipality's redevelopment authority should have a public art ordinance.

Answer: Support

Incentives (such as tax breaks) to encourage private developers add public art to projects.

Answer: Opposed

Design standards.

Answer: Strongly support

Friendly ordinances that encourage public and private mural creation.

Answer: Support

Increased investment in public art projects to encourage murals, sculptures, utility wraps, and more.

Answer: Neutral

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Public buildings.

Answer: Yes

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Transportation.

Answer: Yes

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Utilities.

Answer: No

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-Private developments.

Answer: No

I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:-All government capital projects.

Answer: No

Anything else you'd like us to know about you?

Answer: I have served and been a supporter of our local arts council since 1996. Even when I was not a local official I was involved from an administrative standpoint. I don't believe that the Government can fund every worthy cause, but that it can organize, include and plan with arts organizations for the betterment of it's community and citizens.

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