Ammon Gruwell // United Utah Party // Utah House District 15
How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
- I have loved good music and literature from a young age. I played in public school concert and marching bands from middle school to high school. I also sang in church choirs for many years and was a member of the BYU Men’s Chorus for a time as a college student. I also love reading good literature ranging from classic and historical fiction to modern fantasy and sci-fi. I also enjoy attending plays at the Hale Center Theater with my family.
Utah's humanities and arts employ 123,000 Utahns, provide $4.4 billion in earnings, and $13.2 billion in sales. This is a larger economic impact than agriculture, mining, and real estate. Do you consider the arts and cultural sector an economic driver in Utah?
Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities (including humanities and arts education) means to me:
- I believe that Utah should increase funding for education in general, including funding for humanities and arts education. With the impending economic recession due to COVID-19, we cannot abandon arts and humanities which are so core to the lives of Utahns and to our economy in general.
I support the following legislative items:
- Grants to be used for operations (jobs) as soon as possible
- Keeping emergency loans open to nonprofits
- Protecting the RAP taxes so that money granted to cultural organizations doesn't get repurposed
- Increasing availability of loans to cultural businesses (non-profit and for-profit)
- Fiscally responsible government investment in arts and humanities organizations.
- Development of cultural districts
- Facilitating partnerships between tourism and culture.
- Reducing regulations of creative businesses.
- Capital investment (in museums, performance/concert halls, studios, galleries, nonprofit office space, etc.).
- Percent for public art programs, which optionally designate 1% of government capital costs for public art
- Allowing municipalities to set design standards
- K-6 Students should have increased exposure to arts and humanities education
- 7-12 Students should have increased exposure to arts and humanities education
- I support the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program which puts one arts specialist in most elementary schools
- I support the POPS (Professional Outreach Program in the Schools) which sends 13 professional arts organizations to all UT school districts
- I support the iSEE (Informal Science Educational Enhancement) which sends 10 professional science, zoological, and natural history organizations to all UT school districts
Anything else we should know about you?
- I am passionate about improving education in Utah, and I think arts and humanities education plays a pivotal role in a child's education. I believe education is less about teaching facts, and more about raising a generation of well-rounded citizens who can think critically and contribute to the general well-being of society.
Do you like this page?