Gregory C. Duerden // Independent American Party // US House of Representatives Congressional District 3 (A+)
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)
Answer: My step-father was an artist and taught art to Jr. High, high school and college students - he was chair of the arts dept at BYU. Also, I was the CEO, for few years, of an enterprise attempting to combine "Utah's Pioneer" Cultural sources (Scandinavia, Europe -Spain & German, Great Britian, Native American) into a destination ski resort. Cultural destinations are educational and can combine food, architecture, ambiance and many aspects of the cultural 'experience.' In addition to travel to Pacific cultures, European cultures, Central and So. Am. cultures .... cultural arts and humanities are BIG and make a human being a 'whole' and more complete human being. Without art a man has no soul! Therefore, STEM education IS NOT the whereall be-all!!
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Thank you for what you do. Love your work and keep it up!!
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