Doug Owens // Democrat // Utah House District 36 (A)

Doug Owens // Democrat // Utah House District 36 (A)

  • How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
    • Arts, culture, and humanities have had a huge impact on my life. I have been fortunate to travel to places all over the world, and I've seen how culture is the root of society. I served my mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in France and saw how art and the humanities had a significant impact on that country. I have been excited to see how it has played a part in Utah's past and continues to play a part in Utah.
  • 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?
    • Yes
  • Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities (including humanities and arts education) means to me:
    • This means that Utah can continue to advance both culturally and economically. Every major city and state in the United States and worldwide has a thriving cultural component in conjunction with a thriving economy. This is not a coincidence.
  • 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
    • 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?
    • No answer given

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