Kurt Weiland // Democratic // US House of Representatives Congressional District 1 (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)
I was a freshman at BYU. I took an "Introduction to Literature" class taught by Doug Thayer. That experience changed my life. I learned that literature is not just about stories; it's about ideas. And the world became richer.
I changed my major. I graduated in English. I later earned a Master's in English. I've taught English at the university level. All because of that "Introduction to Literature" course. And because of Doug Thayer. I love that man.
Explanations or Comments:
The arts don't just "prettify." They engage. They prompt thinking. (Sometimes, they force thinking.) That's why they're important.