Larry Smith // Utah United Party // Sanpete County Commission
How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
- I've been a life-long fan of the arts and humanities even though I'm a professor of physics and mathematics. I played clarinet in various ensembles as a student at BYU and in the annual production of Messiah for 25 years. I sing in church choirs and accompany congregations. I had a small part as the professor in Snow College's production of Our Town last year. I was a strong advocate for arts funding while serving on the South Sanpete School Board for 12 years. My wife and I attend Utah symphony concerts when we are able (even though it is a long way to go) and many other music concerts at Snow College. We enjoy art galleries both locally and while vacationing.
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?
Fiscally responsible government investment in the arts and humanities (including humanities and arts education) means to me:
- Fostering investment, matching funds, advocacy
Items of Legislation I support:
- My county's redevelopment authority should have a public art ordinance
- Friendly ordinances that encourage public and private mural creation
- Increased investment in public art projects to encourage murals, sculptures, utility wraps, and more
Would you elaborate on your answers above?
- I don't oppose arts and humanities receiving 1/3 of a RAP tax, I just can't guarantee it.
I believe percent for art ordinances should apply to:
- Public buildings
Anything else we should know about you?
- I don't feel comfortable making commitments before I've done the appropriate research. I might be in favor of a 1% designation, but I need to learn more first. I'm hesitant to over-promise and I don't want to feel blindly obligated to you, but I certainly am a supporter of the arts and humanities.
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