2015 Arts Questionnaire

The Arts Council is proud of and grateful for the support the arts receive from Fairfax County.  Candidates currently in or running for the office of District Supervisor recognize the role that the arts play in enhancing and building strong communities.  We are pleased to share with you our first survey designed to help you get to know your candidates, their involvement in and beliefs about support for the arts.

Between 9/1/2015 and 9/23/2015, all 19 candidates were provided with three questions related to the arts. Please click on the right menu below to see the answers.

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Linda S. Sullivan
President & CEO, Arts Council of Fairfax County

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Arts Council does not endorse any single candidate or slate of candidates seeking public office. Like all community-based nonprofit organizations, we are invested in fostering the highest voter turnout rates possible, which we encourage through voter information initiatives such as this.

2015 Candidate Arts Questionnaire

Chairman Sharon S. Bulova

At-Large Incumbent
Democrat

Question 1: What is your personal background and/or experience in the arts?
Literary; Visual
I like to sketch and draw cartoons.  I have a very nice collection of caricatures of my colleagues, members of the media, and an occasional speaker at public hearings.  I also like to write.  I collaborated with Mary Lipsey and Marion Meany on a book, Braddock’s True Gold, a history of the central area of the County.  I started and never finished (Someday!!!) a history of the Virginia Railway Express.

Question 2: Would you endorse increasing future arts grants funding to benefit your district?
Somewhat Likely
As the economy improves, I am supportive of making sure art in Fairfax County receives the funding it needs to contribute to the quality of life we value.

Question 3: Would you support future temporary and/or permanent public art projects in your district?
Very likely

 

Candidate Arthur G. Purves

At-Large
Republican

Question 1: What is your personal background and/or experience in the arts?
Vocal
They let me into the Choral Society at the University of Pennsylvania.  We sang Verdi and Mozart requiems.  I loved it.  I will admit to a few mistakes in my life.  One of them was that my high school had a legendary art teacher, and I did not take art.  Now I’m feeling the consequences when I try to set up a website and wish I had more knowledge about design and color.  My wife was the Band Boosters’ President when our son was at Marshall High School. She did food concessions for the Boosters before she was president.  She enjoyed chaperoning the band trips. Band was probably the highlight of our son’s high school experience.  Our daughter did band also.

Question 2: Would you endorse increasing future arts grants funding to benefit your district?
Very Unlikely
For 16 years real estate taxes have been increasing three times faster than household income.  Private-sector salaries are stagnant.  We need to consider the increasing number of seniors on fixed incomes.  In 2013 more people moved out of Fairfax County than moved in.  Most new jobs are low-salary jobs.  Virginia used to be the #1 business-friendly state according to Forbes; now we’re #4.  We’re one of a few states that still has a gross-receipts (BPOL) tax.  We need to cut taxes to attract business and stimulate job growth.  We have an unsafe and unreliable rail system, because we have neglected maintenance.  We have neglected mental health, resulting in the Natasha McKenna tragedy.  But if we revive Fairfax County’s economy, there should be more patronage of the arts by residents and business.

Question 3: Would you support future temporary and/or permanent public art projects in your district?
Neutral
Governments have always patronized arts, and you’re not asking for a spending increase.  Do you have specific arts projects in mind?

 

Candidate Glenda Gail Parker

At-Large
Green

Question 1: What is your personal background and/or experience in the arts?
Instrumental; Other (TV)
I produce “Green TV” on local Channel 10.  9:30pm Mondays, 7:30am Tuesdays, 3:30pm Saturdays    

Question 2: Would you endorse increasing future arts grants funding to benefit your district?
Very Likely

Question 3: Would you support future temporary and/or permanent public art projects in your district?
Very Likely

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