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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Pasadena City Council District 1

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Pasadena City Council District 1

Candidate order: German Acevedo, Brian Blery, Pixie Boyden, Tyron Hampton, Calvin E. Walls

As part of its work to connect voters and candidates, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues related to arts education and its benefits.

Survey responses provided by each candidate are for voter information purposes only. Arts for LA does not endorse candidates seeking office. We are committed to fostering respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture. For more information, please read about our mission and values or our FAQ.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to submit new or revise existing responses, please contact Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Arts for LA thanks the Pasadena Arts Council for supporting the process as a local partner. The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, California Alliance for Arts Education, LA2050, LA STAGE Alliance, Latino Arts Network, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Pasadena City Council District 1 will be held on Tuesday, March 10.

1 seat is available in this election. Elections are at large; voters may vote for any of the eligible candidates in this election.

For more information on where to vote, visit the Los Angeles County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder’s Office website.

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

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As a boy I had the good fortune to take piano lessons. I loved making music so I continued to play formally until I was a teenager and even performed in local recitals. The greatest impact has been my appreciation for classical music and the artists who created the masterpieces I attempted to play. While never achieving expert status as a pianist, my world is vastly improved due to my connection to music. Each summer I look forward to hearing the symphony play at the Hollywood Bowl and imagine being 10 again, sitting on my piano teacher’s bench playing Mozart.

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Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?

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The City Council has a significant role in supporting the cultural fabric of the community. For example, approval of budgets for the Cultural Affairs Division and the Arts/Culture Commission, which implement and guide public policy for the arts. In addition, the City Council has the ability to approve of new cultural events and diversify the artistic palette of the community. Pasadena is home to such unique events as the Doo Dah Parade, Make Music Pasadena, Latino History Parade, and many others as the result of Council approval. Lastly, Councilmembers can show support for these wonderful events by attending or participating.

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

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One of the most effective ways of advocating for any project or program is to present the positive impacts of its implementation. For example, the Americans for the Arts Economic Impact Study showed that $24.01 was spend in the city per capita during arts and culture events. Pasadena’s ArtNight annually attracts approximately 42,000 visitors which when multiplied by $24.01 results in over $1 million in local economic impact. For decision-makers this type of information greatly assists them to approve of either new programs/activities, or expand existing ones. Imagine what other events here also contribute to our local economy!

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Question 4: What three things would you do to deepen the city's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

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In a city as resource-rich as ours, one might think that there is no need for further expansion of the arts. Nevertheless, here are a few ideas that could broaden the City’s investment and encourage greater public participation: a. Expand the public arts program from 177 to 190 sites; b. Increase the number of rotating art locations from 11 to 15; c. Raise the amounts for the City’s Annual (Art) Grants Program (which have stayed static for 10 years) by 5%; d. Continue to inspire youth to participate in the arts via the creation of a youth art grants program.

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