City Council & Mayoral Candidate Forum – Tempe Arts & Culture

On Wednesday January 11th,2012 the Tempe Candidates for Mayor and City Council participated in a forum to discuss the future of the arts in Tempe.   Candidates were asked five questions regarding the arts and were also given time to discuss their general thoughts on why they are running for office and how they believe the arts is an integral part of the Tempe community.   The questions are as follows and the answers can be seen and heard by following the links below.

1.  Please tell us about your self your personal involvement in the arts throughout your life and what value the arts hold for you individually and what your personal philanthropy in the arts involves?

2. Please describe how arts and culture offerings contribute to the City of Tempe’s economic development strategy and under your leadership what level of attention will the arts receive as part of  your agenda?

3. The Tempe Center for The Arts (TCA) represents the largest investments of the arts in Tempe representing approximately 70million in capital  cost and two million  in annual operating in cost.  Our the citizens of Tempe  getting the best return on their investment and how would you improve the public investment and leverage private investment as well and what is your vision for the TCA?

Part 2:  When the  dedicated sales tax for the arts which passed in 2000 expires in 2020 (when you may be on your second term)  what leadership would you bring in the next few years to determine the fiscal future of the TCA?

4.  In 1988 the percent of the arts ordinance was passed which allocated 1% of  capital projects must be set aside to fund public arts projects and grants. In recent years with  the downturn of the economy   these funds set aside have been limited to funds supported by water funds only do you support reinstatement of these funds?

5. What are we as the City of Tempe not doing in the arts and culture arena that you would like to see?

Tempe Mayor Candidates Forum on Arts & Culture Link

Tempe City Council Candidates Forum on Arts & Culture Link


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