Aimee Winder Newton // Republican // Salt Lake County Council District 3 (A+)

Aimee Winder Newton // Republican // Salt Lake County Council District 3 (A+)

1. Should government invest in funding the arts and humanities at fiscally responsible levels?

Answer: Yes

2. Do you support investing money into K-12 arts and humanities education at fiscally responsible levels?

Answer: Yes

3. Do you believe that arts and humanities education should be required in the k-12 curriculum?

Answer: Yes

4. Do you consider the arts and culture sector to be an economic driver in Utah?

Answer: Yes

5. Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art?

Answer: Yes

6. Do you support preserving the Utah Historic Preservation Tax Credit?

Answer: Yes

7. Do you support policy that positively impacts tourism, such as the creation of historic and cultural districts?

Answer: Yes

8. Have you had a personal experience with arts, culture, or humanities that has had an impact on your life? Please explain. (responses to this question were not graded)

Absolutely! I started taking piano lessons when I was 6, and studied piano for nine years. I was also involved in my school musicals and dance company and I learned so many great things as well as improved my self-confidence. We love taking our family to musicals, plays, and other performances and feel like our kids are more emotionally connected because of the arts. All four of my kids have been involved in theater and have learned musical instruments. We tell them that since we don‰Ûªt live on a farm, that they get to take music lessons from age 4 until they are seniors in high school. Studying music teaches them that they can do hard things, to not quit when life gets hard, to work hard and feel the personal rewards from doing so, and that music makes them smarter. Doing music lessons with my kids has been the hardest thing I‰Ûªve done as a parent - we did the Suzuki method, which is very parent-intensive. But I wouldn‰Ûªt trade it for anything.

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