Lee Anne Walker // Libertarian // Utah House District 46 (A+)

Lee Anne Walker // Libertarian // Utah House District 46 (A+)

  • How have the arts, culture, and/or humanities impacted your life?
    • I am passionate about art and politics. I am idealistic about truth, beauty, love--and determinedly remain so. I have been attracted to the creative energy of associating with creative people. I find the arts inspiring, educational, and so calming when it is just me at my easel for hours making my Utah landscapes.
  • 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:
    • Equitable amount proportional to taxes paid, money circulated into economy, and other industries. There have to be budget cuts that can be made to keep the arts going. I have always wondered about the $300,000 a year to keep wolves out of Utah. Really? Skip that for a year or two to jump start the arts.
  • 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
    • Allowing municipalities to set design standards
    • 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?
    • I owned an art gallery for several years. I found I spent all my time on the business matters, including, selling other artists' work. I loved the associations with them, but I completely quit painting myself. I had no time. Then my husband had a stroke, and I had to make a bunch of changes. Through all that I realized most artists do not have health insurance except through a day job or a supportive spouse. Something to work on.

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