Becca Gerber // Park City's City Council // Grade: A

Becca Gerber // Park City's City Council // Grade: A

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

Answer: I am a person that feels like I have a sound track to my life, music has carried me through both highs and lows. I am also an admitted book worm (especially historical fiction), and have learned so much more about other cultures and history through a well crafted novel than I did in my school lectures. The visual arts in Park City tie us to our history and provide a complement to our amazing natural environment. I value the impact art has had on almost every aspect of my life, seeking creative opportunities in my work, as a parent and as local representative.

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: 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: N/A

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: 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: Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts must be determined in a case by case basis, depending on each city and county’s budget, but even the most restricted budgets should make an effort to invest in the arts as it will have a lasting local impact. The arts and humanities help create connectivity in communities, which is more important than ever as communities struggle with high rates of suicide, drug abuse and mental health issues. An investment in the arts is also an investment in the economic vitality of a community. We are lucky in Park City to be able to utilize our tourism tax dollars to invest millions in our Arts and Culture district, which we believe will be an economic driver in our community, as we face instability in the winter recreation tourism due to climate change.

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: Neutral

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

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Neutral

Optional: explain your answers.

Answer: Our county has a RAP tax, but Park City does have it's own Special Services Contracts that we divide amongst non profits in PC. Since we are investing so much in our Arts and Culture district, much our service contracts go toward providing support services in our community, such as food pantries, women's shelters and clinics for the uninsured and much more.

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: N/A

Friendly ordinances that encourage public and private mural creation.

Answer: Strongly support

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

Answer: Strongly 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: Yes

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: I believe our arts and culture district will be transformative for our community. I look forward to having a place where art and culture is the intent, not an afterthought, where our residents find connection and inspiration, our visitors find delight and everyone feels welcome.

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