Dallen Anderson // West Jordan City Council - District 4 // Grade: A

Dallen Anderson // West Jordan City Council - District 4 // Grade: A

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

Answer: I have been an avid supporter of the arts from a very young age. During my younger years in Highschool I spent a significant amount of my time being involved in speech and debate, honor choir, Utah league of writers, and theater/drama. Along with watching some of my close friends devote countless hours sketching, painting, and dancing by performing a talent that I sadly didn’t possess. I believe that the arts bring communities together by fostering a creative and cultural identity. Without some of these programs in my community I wouldn’t have been the same person I am today. I just got back from a trip to Europe that I take every year exploring the various museums and galleries that show case so much of our world’s history and experiences. I remember visiting the Louvre and sitting in one of the galleries and meticulously examining a painting by Eugène Delacroix on “Liberty Leading the People” and remembering how much time, effort, and pain must have went into creating such a masterpiece. And in my view this painting symbolizes how I depict the value the arts have brought into my life. It not only shares a story of a difficult time, but it also shows the strength and power of mankind to overcome obstacles and free themselves from oppression. Art can be in many forms, but it all serves a purpose. Sometimes that purpose is to remember, sometimes it’s to forget, and sometimes it’s to help you move forward.

I have enjoyed being a strong advocate for the Utah Opera, Utah Symphony, and Hale Centre Theatre. Along with also spending time watching hilarious renditions at the Desert Star Theater. I would love to see more activities from the West Jordan Arts Council, with the support and funding necessary to make a larger impact on my community.

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

Answer: N/A

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: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

Low rent housing and studio space for artists.

Answer: Strongly support

Facilitating partnerships between tourism and culture.

Answer: Strongly support

Facilitating partnerships between businesses and culture.

Answer: Strongly support

Reducing regulations of creative businesses.

Answer: Support

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support 

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

Answer: Strongly support

Artistinresident at my city or county.

Answer: Strongly support

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 our local municipalities are appropriately funding our local arts council and fostering an environment which leads to healthy cultural diversity and inclusion.

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: Strongly support

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

Answer: Support

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

Answer: Strongly support

Optional: explain your answers.

Answer:N/A

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly support

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: Support

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: Yes

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: Yes

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

Answer: N/A

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