Christopher Herrod // Republican // US House of Representatives Congressional District 3 (D)
1. Should government invest in funding the arts and humanities at fiscally responsible levels?
2. Do you support investing money into K-12 arts and humanities education at fiscally responsible levels?
3. Do you believe that arts and humanities education should be required in the k-12 curriculum?
4. Do you consider the arts and culture sector to be an economic driver in Utah?
5. Do you support Utah's Percent-for-Art Act, which designates 1% of public building costs for public art?
6. Do you support preserving the Utah Historic Preservation Tax Credit?
7. Do you support policy that positively impacts tourism, such as the creation of historic and cultural districts?
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)
Yes, I've been fortunate to have traveled much of the world. Seeing fine-art around the world especially in Europe has giving me a much greater appreciation of art, culture, and humanities. Many of the world's historic pieces are truly awe inspiring.
I am running for federal office and many of the questions asked do not fit my perspective. Having served in the Utah Legislature, I believe that education decisions are best made on a state and local level. When the federal government gives money to the states, there are always strings attached. I supported humanities and arts being part of the k-12 education experience when I served in Utah. In general, however, I believe that private funds are best used for art and humanities.