WERE THE MURAL GUIDELINES PASSED BY THE CITY COMMISSION IN 2019 NECESSARY? WHY OR WHY NOT?
I am in favor of murals and the guidelines that define their scope.
Murals, and public art in general, have the power to enhance our city’s image and make a statement to outsiders that creative people live here. Moreover, public art can help to strengthen and define our city’s identity. The mural ordinance passed in 2019 is necessary to ensure that the art is not offensive or graphic, and that no significant part of a building is obstructed or damaged in the process. Other than those basic restrictions, artists are left to create.
Beyond supporting murals, I will be a mayor that encourages more arts and cultural activities. A vibrant arts scene enhances our quality of life and attracts visitors who spend money and help sustain our local businesses. People want to live in and visit cities where there is something to do. We are competing against other cities for residents and tourists (and their dollars), and a thriving arts scene will help Frankfort standout and capture this business. One of my campaign goals is to diversify our economy and reduce our reliance on state government, and an increased focus on arts tourism will help.
We have many talented people in our community who give Frankfort a happening arts scene for a city our size. To support their continued efforts, I will work to implement the arts master plan that is currently in the works. An increased commitment to the arts can help diversify our city’s economy and tax base, with the added benefit of making life more enjoyable for those of us fortunate to call Frankfort home.