James Singer // Democrat // 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)
Yes! Arts have always been a part of my life from the time I was very young. I have been in plays and choirs which taught me valuable lessons of hard work, having fun, and expanding horizons. I have been influenced by literature and philosophy and I know I am a better person because of it and a critical thinker. It can be used for social change as well as an economic driver, but the human benefits far outweigh a benefit to our society than just money. It is the collective soul of our society.
What is meant by "fiscally responsible levels?" For me, I see arts and humanities as social investments. That mindset might be different than someone who only sees cost-benefit analysis. Also, as a sociologist, this is the first time I've see our discipline grouped with arts and humanities.
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