Dan McClellan // Democrat // Utah House of Representatives District 52 (A+)

Dan McClellan // Democrat // Utah House of Representatives District 52 (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)

 

Through work, schooling, and other channels I have been privileged enough to travel around the world and even live in a few different countries and be exposed to a variety of languages, peoples, and cultures, which all continue to amaze and fascinate me. As an artist, a linguist, a scholar of religion, and a student of the ancient world, the humanities have touched every aspect of my professional and personal life. From selling my first charcoal portrait to seeing Klimt's The Kiss in the Belvedere in Austria, from eating in a 13th century pub in Oxford to examining Moses Maimonides' own autograph in a medieval Judeo-Arabic manuscript, from walking in the ruins of Nan Madol to running from stray dogs by the prison carved into bedrock next to the Acropolis where Socrates is said to have been imprisoned, from grappling with the Castellano dialect in Uruguayan village called Fraile Muerto to translating a Dead Sea Scroll manuscript for the first time, my life has been immeasurably enriched by the arts, culture, and humanities.

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