Marcus G. Tiggs
City: Culver City
Position Seeking: Councilmember
Question 1: Please share the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up.
Early it was my older sister. She regularly would expose me the concerts at t he Los Angeles Music Center, various silent movies and cultural arts events. My sister was patient with this as she has a masters in fine arts. From age 10 through 18 I was a competitive figure skater exposing me to other creative disciplines (e.g. ballet, classical music, etc.).
Question 2: What do you think should be the role of City Council in the development and support of the region’s arts and cultural infrastructure?
The role of the city in my view is to encourage the cultivation of existing cultural and art programs.. In addition, it is prudent for City Council to look to public-private partnerships to expand our cities arts and cultural infrastructure. This planned public-private partnerships will facilitate additional cultural programs that would be supportive not only to Culver City but the region.
Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in achieving that vision?
My vision for the city surrounds balancing residential with that of commercial. 75% of the city general revenue comes from business related taxes i.e sales business license etc. While I feel we have to encourage smart developments to economically sustain Culver City I feel strongly the city is only as good as its residents. Arts and culture is part of the creative economy which also benefits/enhance the quality of life in Culver City. In conclusion art and cultural plays a critical role in achieving my vision.
Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 7 jobs in LA County is supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. What strategies, if any, would you pursue to enhance the region’s creative economy (i.e. cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit organizations)?
With Culver City being a point of destination and next-door to silicon beach, Culver City is in the perfect space to leverage this. Culver City has taken a first step with funding the citywide fiber network. Attracting creative economy businesses to Culver City does not happen automatically. I would champion the city using the services of a professional marketing firm to market the heck out of the city as it being a place for creative businesses (for and not for profit). This creative sector is something we cannot miss.